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Geriatric Flying Squad

Rapid assessment

If you or someone you care for are over 65 years of age and experiencing any of the below conditions or challenges, the Geriatric Flying Squad can undertake a rapid assessment for you. Consider getting an assessment if you notice or have:

  • Cognitive decline
  • Multiple and chronic conditions, including dementia
  • Co-morbidities and poly-pharmacy
  • Multiple falls
  • A number of different medications
  • Having difficulty completing daily tasks
  • Feeling disconnected from your friends or community.

How it works

  1. After a referral has been received, a member of the flying squad’s assessment team will be in contact with you to arrange a home visit and initial assessment
  2. After an initial assessment has taken place, your individual situation will be discussed at a case meeting with experts from across the Geriatric Flying Squad
  3. Following this meeting, other members of the team may visit you to conduct further assessments if they are required
  4. Once all assessments are completed, a care plan will be formulated with your involvement. The team will support you to begin this plan

Where required, admission to sub-acute care at War Memorial Hospital can be arranged.

Who is in the team?

  • Geriatrician
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Social Worker
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist

The Geriatric Flying Squad also has access to all the services at War Memorial Hospital such as:

  • Speech pathology
  • Specialist clinics
  • Continence management
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Transport to out-patient appointments at the hospital.

Get started

Referrals can be made by yourself or by a doctor, health professional, ACAT, relative or friend. A detailed written GP referral is required.

Get in touch

Call the Northern Network Access Referral Centre (NNARC) on (02) 9369 0400.