Optimisation of care of older patients

Date Published: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lucy Fergus talks about optimisation of care in our older patients. Lucy is a Geriatrician and medical director for older person’s health, rehabilitation and allied services at Hawkes Bay Hospital.



  • How important is the assessment of frailty?
  • How do we assess frailty.
  • Holistic care in an older person, covering all dimensions.
  • What areas of care are often neglected in this age group.
  • Equity in healthcare for this age group.
  • Advice on areas of health vulnerability.
  • When to have end of life discussions.
  • Who should we refer to?

Take home messages

  • Think about clinical frailty score.
  • Earlier referral to help maintain independence.
  • Think of wider dimensions of health.
  • Think of those who may have difficulties accessing healthcare.
  • Have end-of-life discussions early.




Lucy Fergus

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This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.