Clinical gerontology

What we do

We diagnose and treat conditions that are common in older, frail people. These include specific problems such as dementia, falls or osteoporosis. At the same time, we carry out a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) to assess and treat a variety of diseases, so we can help improve patients' physical and mental health, independence and quality of life.

Our outpatient services are based at King’s Older Persons' Assessment Unit in the Betty Alexander Suite, Suite 2, Golden Jubilee Wing.

We also treat older patients with complex conditions on our Health and Ageing Unit (HAU). This offers rehabilitation as well as medical treatment.

Our team includes consultant specialist doctors, a nurse consultant, trainee doctors, specialist nurses and therapists. We also work closely with Old Age Psychiatry and Social Services as well as a number of charities.

Many older patients are looked after by other specialists at King's and we support them in a variety of ways. King's Older People's Assessment and Liaison (KOPAL) service covers acute medicine, general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics. Its team screens older people for problems associated with frailty, and advises and supports their carers. It can organise transfer of care to the HAU.

Support for older patients on other wards is provided by our specialist registrar, specialist nurses and the on-call consultant.

Much of our research is carried out by the Clinical Age Research Unit, an internationally recognised centre for studying the process of ageing.

Preparing for your appointment

Please bring with you an up-to-date list of your medications, including non-prescription tablets or herbal medicines.

Location

Fourth floor, Hambleden Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • King's Older People's Assessment and Liaison (KOPAL) team: +44 (0)20 3299 6088
  • King's Older Persons' Assessment Unit – Betty Alexander Suite, Suite 2, Golden Jubilee Wing: +44 (0)20 3299 6184

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

Our outpatient service sees patients who have:

  • dementia, cognitive impairment and memory problems
  • osteoporosis
  • had a fall
  • hypertension
  • Parkinson's disease (nurse-led clinic)
  • incontinence (nurse-led clinic)
  • had a stroke.

We also see complex patients with multiple health needs for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, either in a consultant-led clinic or our MDT Assessment service.

The MDT Assessment service is available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and manages patients with multiple health problems who require intensive treatment and review to prevent a hospital admission. We offer urgent appointments where we aim to see patients within 24-48 hours.

Our team includes dedicated nurses who case manage patients, act as patient advocates and co-ordinate care working alongside doctors and therapists.

Occupational therapists assess a patient's functional ability with particular reference to independence and safety at home, providing any aids/minor adaptations required.

Physiotherapists provide screening, assessment and management of patients at risk of falls and for those with mobility or balance problems. We provide group balance classes as well as individualised assessments and other forms of rehabilitation.

A patient can see the whole team or individual members of the team depending on their needs.

King's Older Persons’ Assessment Unit also offers an infusion service where patients can have blood transfusions and other intravenous therapies.

Booking a patient at King's

Appointments for this service are made via the national Choose and Book system. Please see the Choose and Book page for more information.

Other ways to refer

Routine Referrals

GPs, other community health and social care professionals, plus hospital-based health and social care professionals can refer to this service.

All routine referrals into KCH are now managed electronically. Submit them via Choose and Book or email them to: kch-tr.kchreferrals@nhs.net

If you would like a patient seen within two weeks, fax your referral to: 020 3299 6149.

Emergency Referrals

For emergency referrals, call the Telephone Advice Liaison (TALK) service for GPs, tel: 020 3299 6613. Out of hours, ask for the on-call consultant for gerontology.

Call this service to speak to a consultant, registrar or senior nurse to:

  • avoid the patient attending King’s Emergency department - discuss alternatives to an emergency attendance
  • arrange a HOT appointment (same or next working day) or timely access to complex case intervention/specialist gerontology outpatient clinics
  • facilitate an appropriate emergency response via the referrals registrar (also available on bleep 435) or on-call consultant. If you think a patient needs emergency admission, please refer to the hospital site manager.

You can also email urgent referrals using the King's Older Persons' Assessment Unit referral form to kch-tr.kopaubas@nhs.net.

Other Queries

Please contact our referrals SpR on 020 3299 9000, bleep 435, or the on-call consultant for gerontology on 020 3299 6071 or via switchboard on 020 3299 9000.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Dan Bailey Consultant Physician
Dr Catherine Bryant Consultant Physician
Dr Jane Evans Consultant Physician & Clinical Lead for Acute Medicine
Ms Nicky Hayes Consultant Nurse for Older People
Dr Wendy Hildick-Smith Consultant Geriatrician
Prof Steve Jackson Professor of Clinical Gerontology
Dr Juliet Manyemba Specialty Doctor
Dr Dawn McIntosh Consultant Physician
Mrs Kathryn O'Donoghue Senior Nurse/Manager, King's Older Persons’ Assessment Unit
Miss Emma Louise Ouldred Memory Clinic Sister/Dementia Nurse Specialist
Dr Rohan Pathansali Consultant Physician
Dr Dan Wilson Consultant Physician