Acute Frailty Unit
 Formally known as Durrant

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Acute Frailty Unit. Based off EMU spine ground floor.


Philosophy of Care


Our aim is for all our healthcare professionals to provide an excellent standard of care.


Care will be provided in a comfortable and friendly environment, in which families and carers are encouraged to contribute to the planning of their relatives care.


Patients should retain their individuality and be cared for respectably with a holistic approach, whilst maintaining dignity, privacy and confidentiality.


Care will be planned and undertaken jointly by Doctors, Nurses, Allied health professionals and the patient/family members/carers when appropriate.


Together we will plan and deliver care which is centered on an individual's needs and values.


Our staff will have all the correct skills and knowledge to meet the individual needs of each patient and will be able to act as an advocate for that patient when needed.



Acute Frailty is part of the Medical and Emergency care division.

Click on the link and download the welcome pack. It is designed to provide you with useful/background information such as shift pattens and opportunities prior to your placement.

There is a workpack available to download through the link below. It is designed to enhance your learning opportunities.

Whilst it is not compulsory, it can contribute to problem solving discussions, your learning and assessment.

Contact Us: 01246 51 2403/2399

The Learning Environment Managers (LEMs) for Durrant Ward are Catherine McConologue, Jess Hatton and Sheree Jackson. Please contact the LEMs for your shifts etc. 


For more information on the role of the LEM click on the link below


Clinically recognisable state of increased vulnerability, resulting from an aging associated decline in daily function

across multiple physiological systems, such that the ability to cope with everyday life is compromised.

It is a state of health which relates to the aging process. Multiple body systems gradually lose their built in reserves.

Older people living with frailty are at risk of adverse outcomes, such as drastic changes in their mental or physical well being after a minor event such as change of medication or an infection.

Symptoms of frailty:

  • Falls

  • Immobility

  • Delirium

  • Incontinence

  • Susceptibility to side effect of medication.


Dementia is a term which categorises numerous brain diseases. Including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia. They are long term illnesses that cause a gradual decline in a persons ability to remember and think. This negatively impacts a persons ability to function in all activities of daily living.


Delirium is an acute confusional state of mind. Characteristics such as restlessness, illusions or incoherence can present themselves and fluctuate throughout a 24hour period. (NICE )