The older persons urgent assessment
services based at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital and the
Chester-le-Street Community Hospital based COPE service (community
older persons excellence) service are part of County Durham and
Darlington Community Health Services. They provide older persons
assessment as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach, providing
a high standard of medical and nursing care in order to maintain
patients in their own home enabling pre-crisis intervention and
preventing the need for emergency care.
The aim is to enable patients to cope better at home, avoid
unnecessary admissions. It allows health care professionals easy
access to an alternative to an emergency admission and deliver
better health for older people.
The service has immediate access to a comprehensive range of
diagnostics including blood tests, x rays, CT scans, us scans, 24
hour tapes and 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, echos and
The clinic will see urgent patients in 2 working days.
Referrals to the service can be made for a range of reasons
The service is available Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm,
excluding bank holidays.
Referrals can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Referrals are accepted from the following health
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham