History of geriatric medicine in the UK: historical background
In medieval times, sick people were cared for in monasteries. Some religious orders built hospital wings where elderly and infirm patients received better food and received special care. Later, convents adopted a nursing role.
History of geriatric medicine in the UK: early publications
Early publications on geriatric medicine; the origin of the word 'geriatrics' and first mention of a 'geriatric giant'.
Quality care for older people with urgent and emergency care needs - the 'Silver Book' - is a review of the problems older people encounter when they need emergency medical care. It shows how emergency admissions can be reduced and the experience of those admitted improved.
A Quest for Quality in Care Homes
This 2011 BGS report marked the start of a process of partnership to develop impetus, resources and clinical guidance that will support the NHS to play part in improving the experience and the quality of life of residents in care homes.
Proactive care of older people undergoing surgery
More older people are undergoing surgery, but postoperative outcomes are worse than for younger patients. This case study looks at the Proactive Care of Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS) team at Guy's and St Thomas's.
Mental health - Helping an older person who is experiencing anxiety?
Feeling anxious from time to time is a normal human experience. When someone is anxious they might experience feelings of tension, nervousness, heightened awareness, fear or uncertainty, dry mouth and throat, and tightness in the chest.
Mental health nurses and older patients’ physical health needs
Physical health problems, particularly chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes and smoking-related illnesses, are more common in people with long-term mental illness.
Improving healthcare support in care homes
This study describes the model of healthcare support being delivered to nursing homes in South Manchester since 2004.
What you should expect from your NHS bladder and bowel service
The Royal College of Physicians published audit findings about the services and quality of care of people with bladder and bowel incontinence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality and Improvement Partnership.
Wales: Core curriculum of competencies for intermediate care for SpRs in geriatric medicine
In a pioneering step, Wales has developed a comprehensive core curriculum of competencies for intermediate care for SpRs in geriatric medicine. While designed for SpRs in Wales, the curriculum has UK-wide relevance.