General geriatric referrals
General Geriatrics Referrals
Complex Patients unable to be managed in Primary care.
A general / complete geriatric assessment is best suited for older people with multiple medical problems and significant functional limitations. The geriatric assessment differs from a standard medical evaluation in three general ways:
(1) it focuses on elderly individuals with complex problems,
(2) it emphasizes functional status and quality of life, and
(3) it frequently takes advantage of an interdisciplinary team of providers.
Please note –
Ø Patients with falls and movement disorders should be referred to specialist eldercare clinics where possible (see separate entries)
Ø Patients with transient neurological symptoms should be referred to a TIA clinic
Ø Patients needing follow-up after stroke can be referred to Dr Adie’s clinic
Ø Patients with lower urinary tract symptoms/incontinence can be referred to Dr Renwick
Ø For assessment and diagnosis of suspected dementia, please refer to memory clinics (Old Age Psychiatry)
Ø Please refer relatively healthy older people with single organ symptoms to the appropriate specialist physician