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Clinical Gerontology at King's College Hospital

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We diagnose and treat conditions that are common in older, frail people. These include specific problems such as dementia, falls or osteoporosis. At the same time, we carry out a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) to assess and treat a variety of diseases, so we can help improve patients' physical and mental health, independence and quality of life.

We also treat older patients with complex conditions on our Health and Ageing Unit (HAU). This offers rehabilitation as well as medical treatment.

Our team includes consultant specialist doctors, a nurse consultant, trainee doctors, specialist nurses and therapists. We also work closely with Old Age Psychiatry and Social Services as well as a number of charities.

Many older patients are looked after by other specialists at King's and we support them in a variety of ways. King's Older People's Assessment and Liaison (KOPAL) service covers acute medicine, general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics. Its team screens older people for problems associated with frailty, and advises and supports their carers. It can organise transfer of care to the HAU.

Support for older patients on other wards is provided by our specialist registrar, specialist nurses and the on-call consultant.

Much of our research is carried out by the Clinical Age Research Unit, an internationally recognised centre for studying the process of ageing.

Our outpatient service sees patients who have:

-dementia, cognitive impairment and memory problems
-had a fall
-Parkinson's disease (nurse-led clinic)
-incontinence (nurse-led clinic)
-had a stroke.

Booking an appointment
Appointments for this service are made via the national Choose and Book system. Please click here for more information.

Routine referrals:

GPs, other community health and social care professionals, plus hospital-based health and social care professionals can refer to this service.

All routine referrals into KCH are now managed electronically. Submit them via Choose and Book or email them to:

If you would like a patient seen within two weeks, fax your referral to: 020 3299 6149.

Emergency Referrals:

For emergency referrals, call the Telephone Advice Liaison (TALK) service for GPs, tel: 020 3299 6613. Out of hours, ask for the on-call consultant for gerontology.

Call this service to speak to a consultant, registrar or senior nurse to:

-avoid the patient attending King’s Emergency department - discuss alternatives to an emergency attendance

-arrange a HOT appointment (same or next working day) or timely access to complex case intervention/specialist gerontology outpatient clinics

-facilitate an appropriate emergency response via the referrals registrar (also available on bleep 435) or on-call consultant. If you think a patient needs emergency admission, please refer to the hospital site manager.

You can also email urgent referrals using the King's Older Persons' Assessment Unit referral form to:

Please click here to download the relevant referral form.

For all other queries please contact our referrals SpR on 020 3299 9000, bleep 435, or the on-call consultant for gerontology on 020 3299 6071 or via switchboard on 020 3299 9000.

For further information please click here.

King's College Hospital, King's Older Persons' Assessment Unit – Betty Alexander Suite, Suite 2, Golden Jubilee Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
Umbrella org:
Kings College Hospital
Area serviced:
Lambeth and Southwark
0203 299 6184
020 3299 6149
How to apply:
GPs, other community health and social care professionals, plus hospital-based health and social care professionals can refer to this service.
40, 176, 185, 484
Denmark Hill

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