Stunning achievement of Scotland’s health and social care system as geriatric admissions soar yet unwanted time in hospital falls

Hey man, we dig your care system!

As the Woodstock Generation calls for a last encore (poetic or whit?), Scotland’s health and social care system steps up to care for them. The Baby-boomers have arrived in old age and the demands are considerable.

To be fair, Reporting Scotland did cover this:

The number of geriatric patients admitted to hospital has risen by 10% over the last three years according to a report by the University of Aberdeen. The figures suggest the number of admissions for older people topped (sic) 43 000 between 2017 and 2018 (one year?). The report said the length of stay varied across the country but dropped by an average of one day over the same period.

It’s all there but the main point is somehow not clear. Here it is:

Despite soaring demand for geriatric care, Scotland’s health and social care system has managed to reduce the time these patients must stay in hospital wards as they await a care package in their own home or community.

I’m breaking our editorial guidelines here in relying on one source but surely, we can trust the state broadcaster to report the facts as they are?

2 thoughts on “Stunning achievement of Scotland’s health and social care system as geriatric admissions soar yet unwanted time in hospital falls

  1. Bugger le Panda August 8, 2019 / 9:55 am

    Where did you get the photo of the Clampits?

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  2. Alasdair Macdonald August 8, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    As a ‘geriatric’ I actually was annoyed at the tenor of the report. It was, I felt, a resurrection of the ‘greedy baby boomers trope’, but it was also flagging up a possible CRISIS for NHS Scotland.

    Most pigeon fanciers whom I know are elderly men, and in clearing their doo’cots they encounter pigeon droppings ………

    Many of these doo’cots are in Scotstoun and Yoker, which are just across the Clyde from …………QEUH!!!!!!!!

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