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RACE unit shortlisted for award

Elderly care unit at Poole Hospital shortlisted for prestigious national awardElderly care unit at Poole Hospital shortlisted for prestigious national award

The Rapid Access Consultant Evaluation (RACE) unit at Poole Hospital has been shortlisted for a high-profile national award in recognition of its care of older people.

The unit has been shortlisted from 700 entries and is nominated in the Care for the Elderly category at the Nursing Times Awards, an annual ceremony that recognises excellence in nursing. This year’s ceremony will take place in October at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.

The RACE unit opened in 2010 to support speedier and more senior medical input in the care of acutely ill elderly patients. The unit provides specialist services for frail, elderly patients who have a broad range of medical conditions that require comprehensive geriatric assessment and multi-disciplinary input. The goal is to support their ability to return home and maintain independence and well-being.   

Val Horn, matron for elderly care said: “I am thrilled and extremely proud that the unit has been shortlisted for this award and recognised as an excellent provider of elderly care services. The success of the RACE unit comes from our multidisciplinary working, from doctors and nurses to therapists, social services and volunteer groups, all working around the needs of each patient.”

“We look forward to the announcement at the awards ceremony in October.”

This is the second time that Poole Hospital’s RACE unit has received national recognition. In November 2013, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh named the unit winner in the patient-centred care category at the national ‘Delivering NHS Services, Seven Days A Week’ conference.

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Date: 24 July 2014

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