FEAST - Frail and Elderly Assessment Support Team
Located on ward 17 at Scunthorpe hospital the Frail and Elderly Assessment Support Team (FEAST) is delivered by a team of specialist practitioners who are experts in providing care for people who are frail and elderly.
The team can investigate and offer treatment to patients who do not need to be admitted to hospital, as well as care for those patients who may require a short stay admission. (48 to 72 hours)
It operates as a chair-based unit where patients receive a full comprehensive geriatric assessment. The medical reason for their admission will be dealt with and plan to expedite their discharge that same day will be put in place.
There is also a short-term frailty assessment unit for those patients who need a short stay in hospital, typically between 48 to 72 hours, as well as inpatient beds for people needing to stay longer.
The team is made up of health professionals from the Trust, North Lincolnshire adult social care team and Rotherham and Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation (RDaSH). Staff on the unit include doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, staff nurses, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a nurse consultant in mental health, social workers and a discharge coordinator.
Patients are referred into FEAST by the hospital’s emergency care centre (A&E), East Midlands Ambulance Service, GPs or community matrons/emergency care practitioners. Patients will only be referred if they meet the Bournemouth criteria which includes: those over the age of 90; aged over 65 years from a nursing or residential home or community hospital; aged over 75 from home with two or more pre-existing conditions; acute confusion; history of falls; incontinence; reduced mobility or dementia.