Wellbeing in the Frail Older Person
– Wellbeing in the Frail Older Person – The Government is encouraging all GPs to review their patients, over the age of 65, who may be frail or at risk of falls. Frailty is related to the ageing process. It describes how our bodies gradually lose their in-built reserves, leaving us vulnerable to dramatic, sudden changes in health. These changes in health might be triggered by seemingly small events such as a minor infection or a change in medication or environment. In medicine, the term frailty is used to describe older people who are at highest risk of falls or admission to hospital.
To enable us to monitor your condition closely and in particular to ensure the combination of medications you are taking are the best they can be for you, it is important that you have a check-up each year. To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday.
You may need routine annual blood tests for other conditions in which case, there are 2 steps to your annual review. The first step is to have an appointment with a Healthcare Assistant for your blood test and blood pressure check. The second step is an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your test results and your wellbeing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I have more than one condition which needs a yearly check-up.
Can I have a single check-up for everything?
Yes. You may need to book a longer appointment with the Practice Nurse. Your nurse will indicate below what length appointment is needed for your combination of conditions.
You will NOT be contacted to remind you that your check-up is due. Near your birthday, please call Portcullis GP Surgery on:
01584 872 939 after 10:00am and make an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your condition. Please book appointment length.