Derwent Valley Medical Practice

20 St Marks Road, Derby DE21 6AT
81 Sitwell Street, Spondon, Derby DE21 7FH

Older People

How are we supporting?

Older People

Many, though not all, older people have issues with their health and sense of well-being.  These include:

  • Health including mobility and independence
  • Well being including bereavement and isolation
  • End of life planning
  • Home and Carer
  • Financial

Allocated named GP for patients over 75 years

All of our patients over 75 years have an allocated named GP who is responsible for co-ordinating the care provided to you by the Practice.

Care Co-Ordinator

Our Care Co-Ordinator, Kaye, works with the GPs and members of the Practice team to support our older patients.  Kaye assists in ensuring:

  • Patients with complex needs have care plans to ensure out-of-hours GP services have information about your health and medication
  • The Practice maintains a register of patients at risk of hospital admission to oversee their care
  • Older patients recently discharged from hospital should receive courtesy calls from the Practice to ensure they have all the support they need on returning home
  • Recently bereaved patients receive support from the Practice
  • Referrals are made to the Community Matron and other support services where a patient requires them

Community Support Team meetings

These meetings occur monthly and involve our lead GP, Dr Anna Frain, the Community Matron, Care Co-Ordinator, District Nurse, Community Psychiatric Nurse and Social Worker with the aim of supporting vulnerable older people living in the community.

Flu-jabs for over 65 year olds

Each autumn, usually starting in late September or early October, the Practice runs a flu immunisation service for older patients and other groups at risk

Palliative Care Multi-disciplinary Team meetings

Patients receiving end-of-life care are discussed by the team every three months to co-ordinate and plan care and support.

Advanced Care Planning

In line with GMC guidance, we can provide information to patients regarding end-of-life care issues.