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Older Persons Decision Unit (OPDU)

The University Hospital Southampton and Solent OPDU in Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) is to provide a specialist urgent assessment and treatment for older patients over 80 years.  The team is led by a Consultant Geriatrician.  The patients are given a clear plan of care with the hope of discharging people where possible.  If this is not clinically suitable, the aim is to facilitate a smooth admission and minimising length of stay in hospital.

Referral criteria

It is primarily for patients over the age of 80 years with an acute medical presentation referred either directly by their General Practitioners, South Central Ambulance Service, Community Healthcare Professionals, or pulled from Emergency Department through a streaming process. This group of patients come under the Speciality of Medicine for Older People (MOP).

Referrals are received by the Consultant Geriatrician, Specialist Registrar, or appropriately experienced Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP)/ trainee ACP’s (tACP).

Full service description

The University Hospital Southampton and Solent OPDU in Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) is to provide a specialist urgent assessment and treatment for older patients over 80 years.  The team is led by a Consultant Geriatrician.  The patients are given a clear plan of care with the hope of discharging people where possible.  If this is not clinically suitable, the aim is to facilitate a smooth admission and minimising length of stay in hospital.

The OPDU in SDEC is a six bedded assessment area comprising of five bays and one side room

The benefits associated with treating people through the SDEC 80plus pathway:

  • Provide specialist assessment for elderly patients in an appropriate environment with the hope of getting people home the same day if clinically safe to do so
  • Reduce activity in the Emergency Department, therefore having a positive impact on waiting times
  • Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Ensure right care in the right place at the right time
  • Improve patient experience and satisfaction
  • Improve patient flow
  • Avoid unplanned and longer than necessary stays in hospital, resulting in lower risk of infections and deconditioning for patients.

SDEC EXCLUSION CRITERIA

  • Head Injury on anticoagulants
  • Suspected fracture
  • Suspected ischaemic limb
  • Ongoing cancer treatment under oncology
  • Suspected stroke
  • Cardiac sounding chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Wound care requiring irrigation and/or closure
  • Need for high flow oxygen
  • High NEWS2 score

Other information & documentation

  • TEL: 023 80 777 222 BLEEP 1012
  • TEL: 023 8120 1175

Contact Information

02381201175

Same Day Emergency Care, C Level, North Wing, University Hospital Southampton,, Termona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Opening hours

  • Monday 9:00-20:00
  • Tuesday 9:00-20:00
  • Wednesday 9:00-20:00
  • Thursday 9:00-20:00
  • Friday 9:00-20:00
  • Saturday 9:00-20:00
  • Sunday 9:00-20:00

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: InformationGovernanceTeam@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.