Better Care

Community clinical assessment unit launched

BCHC has launched a new rapid assessment unit this winter as part of citywide efforts to ensure patients are given the personalised care they need in the place that best suits their needs.

The community clinical decision unit (CCDU) represents the latest initiative in the establishment of Moseley Hall Hospital as a specialist facility dedicated to the needs of frail elderly people.

With 15 inpatient beds and a dedicated multidisciplinary team of nurses and therapists led by a consultant geriatrician, the CCDU offers comprehensive assessment of patients arriving from a range of other settings, locations and 

CCDU patient

circumstances – typically, older people who have been in residential or inpatient care or via referral from GPs and other professionals.

Three beds are dedicated to carrying out rapid assessments of newly arrived patients while the other 12 are available for stays of up to 72 hours while arrangements are made to discharge patients into the most suitable place of care available for their personal needs.

BCHC urgent care services clinical director Dr Mani Balakrishnar said: “Moseley Hall can be considered a dedicated centre of excellence for older age medicine.

CCDU patient and doctor

“Rehabilitation is an important part of that but there is also a very wide range of resources and expertise available to provide active medical care.

“The launch of the CCDU is the latest initiative in our continuing efforts to support the elderly population of Birmingham and the citywide system that allocates a particular place of care as the best place to meet the needs of a particular person.”

The service will run over the winter period to support the additional capacity pressures faced by the NHS at that time of year.

To refer a patient to the CCDU for assessment, call 0300 555 1919 and select ‘option 2’.