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Hamburg extending leading role in geriatric medicine

Ten new geriatric centres to strengthen co-operation among hospitals

Ten new hospital-based geriatric centres will see Hamburg extend its leading role in geriatric medicine, a press release said Wednesday (August 2, 2017). The centres will allow doctors, dentists, nursing care and rehabilitation facilities, self-help groups and hospices to forge even close ties and improve the care of the elderly across Hamburg. The measure comes against the backdrop of Germany’s ageing population. Around 90,000 people in Hamburg alone are over 80 years lending even more importance to geriatric medicine.

Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, Senator for Health, said: “We are extending Hamburg’s leading role in geriatric care. We wish to set supra-regional standards in the development of innovative care concepts, collaboration between outpatient and inpatient care and make a committment to quality assurance and visibility.”

Holistic care of patients

The geriatric care centres will be pooled into two networks led by a co-ordinating hospital each – namely the Albertinen Hospital for independent, non-profit centres and the Asklepios Klinik Nord for the Asklepios-Kliniken Group. The co-ordinating hospitals will organise the network, carry out further training and advise other hospitals that lack geriatric care facilities.

“Geriatric medicine focuses not only on treating a specific illness but takes a holistic view of the person. An individual medical, care and therapeutic treatment plan aims to improve mobility and independence and to avoid care dependency,” said Prüfer-Storcks. The goal should be to secure forward-looking care by doctors, the care sector and care offers residing in urban areas.

Hamburg – well prepared for ageing population

Hamburg has 1,135 full stationary care beds and 210-day patient care places. Around 41 per cent of around 500,000 stationary care cases treated annually in Hamburg are 65 years and older. Cardiovascular diseases, fractures and oncological disorders are the most frequent causes of care in that age group.

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