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Norfolk and Norwich Hospital creates A&E for elderly patients

From BBC - November 7, 2017

The first specialist A&E department in the country for patients aged over 80 is to be set up next month.

The plans by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have been welcomed by Age UK.

Elderly patients will be sent straight to a dedicated emergency department when they arrive at the hospital.

Age UK said the earlier older patients are assessed, the better, and the dedicated service could make "a huge difference".

On average, the hospital's A&E department has 350 people a day through its doors, and of those 50 are aged over 80-years-old.

Caroline Abrahams, director of Age UK, said: "Being able to access excellent health and care services makes a huge difference to old people and this is never more true than when someone has a health issue demanding urgent attention."

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