What we do
The Elderly and Intermediate care service in Bradford strives to provide safe, high quality care to the older population in the area, and is a leader in the development of safe alternatives to acute care, including the Virtual Ward.
The department is responsible for the following services:
Elderly care wards
A consultant led service for people over the age of 77 (or sometimes those over 65 from care facilities, depending on clinical need), who are acutely unwell. Patients are usually admitted via Accident and Emergency or by their GP.
- Ward 3 Admissions and assessment: Patients are usually admitted to this ward for assessment, before being either discharged (with support if necessary from the Virtual Ward), or moved to a ward equipped for a longer spell of care.
- Wards 29 Acute Care of the Elderly: Patients are moved to these wards if they need a longer period of acute consultant led care.
- Ward 30 Acute Admissions Unit for neck of femur and Acute Elderly Care. Patients are also moved to this ward if they need a longer period of acute consultant led care.
- Ward F5 Elderly Care.
Intermediate Care Wards
These wards are for patients either following an acute hospital stay, or from whom we are trying to avoid an acute hospital stay. They focus on rehabilitation and restoring functional abilities. Medical input is from consultants and GPs with multi-disciplinary team working.
- Eccleshill Community Hospital
- Westbourne Green Community Hospital
- Westwood Park Community Hospital
- Ward F3 at St Luke’s Community Hospital
- Virtual Ward
The Virtual Ward has been established as an enabling multidisciplinary team (nursing, medical, therapy and social care) to support older people at home. The team provides a supported discharge to patients from acute wards via a “step down” model of discharge to assess or an ambulatory care pathway. The virtual ward also supports admission avoidance by providing the same multidisciplinary team to patients “stepped up” from community or accident and emergency department. Moving forward we are working towards embedding a 'comprehensive geriatric assessment' in all patients, with a view to preventing admissions from primary care.