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Medicine for older people

Medicine for older people (MoP) aims to achieve excellence in the care of older people through innovative care pathways, evidence based medicine and cutting edge research into ageing and the delivery of care.

Our department consists of specialists in the diagnosis and management of older people and serves Southampton and south west Hampshire. We provide expertise in managing multiple conditions, functional impairment and complex care needs in the most appropriate setting.

Our multi-disciplinary teams include medical specialists, acute and community nursing teams, therapists and social services, providing care where it is needed. We also work closely with other local healthcare providers to access the most appropriate facilities.

Innovation in the delivery, development and evaluation of our service is enhanced by working closely with academic geriatric medicine at the University of Southampton.

Comprehensive geriatric assessment

Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is the key to our service. This holistic, multi-disciplinary assessment covers health, functional abilities and social factors, and allows us to produce individualised plans for our patients. A comprehensive, holistic approach to the care of older people has been proven to increase independence, improve wellbeing and prevent admission to hospital. We deliver CGA where it is needed. This could be at home, the out-patient clinic or during admission to hospital.