Elderly ‘being trapped’ in hospital, says Age UK

Elderly people are “trapped” in English hospitals in ever greater numbers as there is nowhere else for them to go, the charity Age UK has warned.

Its analysis shows patients spent a total of nearly 2.5 million days stuck in a hospital over the past five years.

Age UK said it was bad for patients’ health, a waste of NHS resources and a huge cost to taxpayers.

Warning of ‘looming catastrophe’ with Norfolk County Council’s £26m IT project

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A “catastrophe looming’.
A £26m project to transform Norfolk County Council’s information technology system has been branded as a “looming catastrophe”, after delays and problems sent it £1.25m over budget.

The Digital Norfolk Ambition project – a tie-up between the council and technology giants Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Vodafone – was hailed as “ground-breaking” when the deal was agreed in December 2013.

Care for elderly people with dementia following a hip fracture is “sadly lacking

University of East Anglia UEA . Steve Adams

Monday, June 15, 2015
Medical guidance on how to care for elderly people with dementia following a hip fracture is “sadly lacking”, UEA researchers have claimed.

Almost half of all people who suffer hip fractures also have dementia, but a report published today reveals there is no conclusive evidence on how to care for this particularly vulnerable group.

The review, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), highlights an urgent need for better research into what strategies improve post-operative care – both within hospital settings and in the community.

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