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Services provided by the department

The Rapid Access Centre (RAC) at Ashford Hospital is a service providing a holistic geriatrician assessment, diagnostics and treatment plan, primarily for older people in the local community.

Providing a one-stop assessment with access to diagnostics model is a key priority for the NHS by improving patient flow, avoiding inappropriate admission to secondary care and integrating primary, community and social services.

The main function of the centre is to proactively diagnose and treat patients deemed to be at risk of requiring emergency admission to A&E.

 

The RAC will

  • Provide specialist assessment of older people within 72 hours of a possible deterioration of a medical problem, to prevent admission into acute hospital.
  • Prevent/reduce multiple visits to hospital by providing a one stop medical, diagnostic workup and multidisciplinary assessment.
  • Reduce bottlenecks by freeing up urgent slots in outpatients clinics.
  • Improve patient satisfaction by keeping older people services local.
  • Enable older people to maximise their independence and prevent premature entry into long-term care.

 

Our Clinical Team

The consulting team in the department are:

Dr Zahid DHAKAM

GMC: 4369602

  • General Medicine
  • Elderly Medicine
  • Hypertension
  • TIA (all ages)
  • Parkinson’s disease

 

ASH Clinics:
Wed - RAC / TIA

Dr Radcliffe LISK

GMC: 4719850

  • General Medicine
  • Elderly Medicine
  • Rapid Access Clinic for elderly patients
  • Orthogeriatrics
  • Falls
  • Rehab at Ashford Hospital

 

ASH Clinics:
Tue - RAC / TIA

Dr Keefai YEONG

GMC: 4638300

  • Orthogeriatrics

 

ASH Clinics:
Fri - RAC / TIA

 

Contact Details

01784 884500

 

Location

Ground Floor, Main Entrance, Ashford Hospital

Rapid Access Centre Elderly