Care of the Elderly at Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Services

Medicine for the Elderly is a specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness in older people.

About Our Service

Our Medicine for the Elderly team offers inpatient and outpatient services for older adults with general medical and complex geriatric problems. It holds daily outpatient clinics.

The directorate has 4 wards with a total of 130 beds and an orthogeriatric ward of 25 beds for patients with fractures. We also have 10 beds in our isolation ward We have 7 consultants in Medicine for the Elderly.

Accessing the Service

This service is available on Choose & Book. Your GP may refer you to the directorate for admission via our GP liaison team.

Services

  • Inpatient: acute medicine and inpatient rehabilitation for older people (78 years or older with acute medical problems, or 65 years and older if living in a residential or nursing home, already attending outpatient clinic)
  • Specialist inpatient care - orthogeriatric rehabilitation  done on ortho ward
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Medical Day Unit
  • Domiciliary Visits
  • Bone Density Scanning
  • Endoscopy
  • Rapid Response - medical hospital at home - to facilitate early discharge from hospital and avoid hospital admission

Contact Us:

Via switchboard on 0845 127 0127

Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME): information for GPs

DME offers in-patient and out-patient services for older adults with general medical and complex geriatric problems. The department has close links with rehabilitation services provided by PCTs, and has a lead role in Intermediate Care and Medical Day
Unit services. There are daily out-patient clinics, and the consultants are available for telephone advice via their secretaries.

Services

1. In-patient - acute medicine and inpatient rehabilitation for older people (78 years or older with acute medical problems, or 65 years and older if living in a residential
or nursing home, already attending out-patient clinic  ).

2. Specialist In-patient Care - Orthogeriatric rehabilitation  on orthopaedic ward

3. Out-patient Clinics; - include general medical clinic, diabetic clinic for older people, Parkinson's disease clinic, Gastro Intestinal clinic for older people, Nutrition, Falls clinic, Syncope clinic,Bone(osteoporosis) clinic

4. Day Case - using St Mary's Day Unit (for example infusions, day case investigations, blood transfusions, procedures).

5. Domiciliary Visits

6. DXA Bone Density Scanning

7. Endoscopy - Dr Mylvaganam runs a weekly endoscopy session.

8. Rapid Response -  Medical Hospital at Home - To facilitate early discharge from hospital and prevent hospital admission for patients over 18 years. GPs can discuss referral directly on 07899 813023

Clinicians

Dr. Lakshmanan Sekaran Consultant DME & Clinical Director
Pauline Flemons Tel: 01582 497140
(Stroke Medicine, General Medicine)

Dr. Jonathan Day Consultant DME
Christine Llewellyn Tel: 01582 718130
(Dexa Scan, Osteoporosis)

Dr. Kandappu Mylvaganam Consultant DME
Yvonne Fisher Tel: 01582 497461
(GI, Nutrition, General Medical, Falls)

Dr. Siva Puthrasingham Consultant DME
Mary Delaney Tel: 01582 497504
(General Medicine, Diabetes)

Dr. Duke Phiri Consultant DME 
Christine Llewellyn Tel: 01582 718130
(Stroke Medicine, General Medicine)

Prof.Alan Sinclair Consultant Diabetologist
Mary Delaney Tel: 01582 497504
(Diabetes)

Dr. Avinash Sharma, Consultant Physician DME
Christine Llewellyn Tel: 01582 718130 
(Parkinson's Disease, General Medicine)

Dr Mohammed Didi
Pauline Flemons Tel: 01582 497140
(General Medicine, Cardiovascular, Syncope)

Dr Rabindranath Chanda
Mary Delaney Tel: 01582 497504
(General Medicine, Bone (Osteoporosis) health)

Dr Carmen Martin-Marero
(Yvonne Fisher Tel: 01582 497461)
(General Medicine & Bone (osteoporosis)

Useful Numbers

Matron DME: Vimla Sharma
Tel: 01582 497136

Discharge Co-ordinator: Maxine Miller
Bleep: 235 Tel: 01582 718209

Out-patients Booking Dept
Tel: 0845 127 0193

Switchboard
Tel: 0845 127 0127

Who to Refer

  • People aged 65 years or older with acute medical problems
  • 65 years and older if living in a residential or nursing home, already attending outpatient clinic or with an acute stroke
  • All specialist clinics

Who not to Refer

  • Patients aged under 65 years


Last updated: 03/04/2013

Update due: 03/04/2014