Virtual Clinics

GPs, community pharmacists and hospital-based consultant geriatricians are now coming together to review the care and treatment of older people in Southwark and Lambeth at new Virtual Clinics.

The aim is to improve our ability to identify the frailest older people within the community, so we can meet their healthcare needs in the right place and at the right time.

This local initiative has only been running since December 2015, but so far the GPs, pharmacists and hospital doctors have been able to assess several patient care plans and identify patients who need additional support or to attend hospital clinics or GP appointments.

The geriatricians are also providing education to primary care teams in managing frail older people with complex conditions.

Dr Mark Chamley, Interim Chair of South East Lambeth Local Care Network, said: “It is great for local people that we have the experience of hospital geriatricians at a local level. It’s also fantastic for our GPs to learn more about how to care for some of our most vulnerable patients.”