Rapid Access Frailty Assessment (RAFA) unit

RAFA unit staffThe Rapid Access Frailty Assessment (RAFA) Unit at The James Cook University Hospital aims to enable patients to be discharged more quickly, reducing unnecessary stays in hospital.

Patients will have their complex needs assessed by a range of specialists who are all based at the unit including an elderly care consultant, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychiatric liaison nurse and social worker.

A discharge plan will be established with a maximum stay on the unit of 72 hours to ensure patients get home or to the right place for their continued treatment as soon as possible.

The RAFA unit team at workBased on ward 1, the RAFA unit is open 24/7 with consultant cover Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.The service will eventually be extended to 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

The unit currently accepts admissions from the hospital’s emergency department and acute assessment units but there are plans to accept direct referrals from other services including GPs, community matrons and the ambulance service in the future.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is part of the Acute Frailty Network and has been selected as one of ten sites across the country to contribute to the development of services aimed at improving the acute care of older people.

Contact us

Contact the Rapid Access Frailty Assessment (RAFA) Unit on 01642 854501.