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The Day Hospital

What we do

The Day Hospital is based at Christchurch Hospital and provides specialist assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for older people that aims to:

  • Maximise the health and independence of older people as far as possible for that individual
  • Assist primary care and social care services with the treatment and management of people with complex conditions that are associated with age
  • Avoid preventable hospital admissions and facilitate early supported discharge

Who we are

The services at the Day Hospital are provided by a range of health professionals who all have an input into the care of patients. This includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dieticians.

How to access our services

Patients can be referred to the Day Hospital by a primary care professional (such as a GP), a hospital clinician or a some one in social care. There are some services that patients can also self-refer.

Becoming a patient at the Day Hospital

Once you have been referred to the Day Hospital you will receive an assessment by a range of health professionals, including doctors and therapists. After the assessment we will discuss the findings with you and treatment will be offered where appropriate. If you are happy with the suggested treatment we will put a plan together that is specifically for you and your needs.

On referral to the Day Hospital you will receive an assessment on:

  • The problems that you, your carer or relative have identified
  • Your general health
  • Medical history
  • The medicines that you take
  • Function, independence and safety at home, including the need to increase or decrease your social care
  • Your mobility; muscle power, range of movements, balance and stamina
  • Communication
  • Memory
  • Psychological aspects, including mood, anxiety and depression
  • Current lifestyle, including social interaction and use of leisure time

Our services

  • Falls prevention and bone health
  • Vestibular (dizziness)
  • Stroke Service
  • Community Neuro Team
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Psychological interventions
  • OPAL Team
  • Rapid Assessment Clinic