Munro Unit

Department of Medicine for the Elderly, St Richard's Hospital

Direct line       01243 831617

The Munro Unit is a day hospital staffed by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists skilled in the assessment and rehabilitation of primarily the frail elderly with complex needs.

There are specific facilities for patients with diagnosed Parkinson’s disease and for amputees. It does not deal with acute illnesses.

The unit is funded and staffed five mornings a week. New referrals are assessed for suitability, prioritised and usually seen within four weeks.

 

Referral mechanisms

  • Cushioned discharges post inpatient stays
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Primary care
  • Domiciliary visits
  • Community therapists

 

Assessment

On admission, patients are comprehensively assessed by the multidisciplinary team.  Appropriate diagnostic investigations are requested and medication is reviewed.

Following a detailed physiotherapy assessment, goals are agreed with the patient and a treatment plan drawn up.

Referrals are made to other hospital departments and community agencies as required.

Progress is regularly discussed at multidisciplinary team meetings and the GP kept informed.

 

Discharges

  • Goals achieved or when plateau has been reached
  • If no further intervention considered appropriate
  • Repeated DNA
  • Moving out of area