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Health Care for the Elderly - Derriford Hospital

The Health Care for the Elderly (HCE) Department provides modern, progressive, high quality health care for older people.

The Department is based both at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (Derriford Hospital), where all acute and urgent care for patients takes place, and across community sites where there are extensive facilities for rehabilitation and longer term care.

Contacts details

Address:Derriford Hospital
Derriford Road
Telephone number: 01752 202082
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At Derriford there are four general in-patient HCE wards for the care of patients with sudden acute illness and complex disease (Hartor Ward, Hembury Ward, Monkswell Ward, Shipley Ward), together with two wards providing Orthogeriatrics care (medical care for people with orthopaedic trauma). The HCE Department is allied closely with a specialist Stroke Unit managed by Stroke specialist colleagues.

Community hospitals are in Plymouth (Mount Gould Hospital) and Cornwall (Liskeard Hospital). We offer outreach services to patients in Plymouth, East Cornwall and South Devon inclusive of Kingsbridge's South Hams Hospital.

Outpatient general and specialist clinics (including Falls and Parkinson's Disease clinics) occur at the modern and comfortable facilities of Mount Gould Hospital, Liskeard Hospital and South Hams Hospital.

HCE teams are integrated teams of medical staff, nursing staff and therapy staff (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists, dietitians) liaising where need be with social work teams and other specialty teams to provide full, compassionate, holistic medical and social care for patients. We work exhaustively with families and carers to provide the best care for vulnerable patients with frailty and dementia. Many of our patients have highly complex needs. Providing for all of these needs with an emphasis on up-to-date medicine and quality care is our paramount philosophy.

We provide a broad range of services, including:

  • Falls
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Orthogeriatrics
Based: Plymouth
  • 65+

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