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Older persons assessment unit referrals

Supporting patients to improve health and independence


Coronavirus: OPAU update

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before sending any referrals.

Contact details

Who can refer

We accept referrals from GPs, consultants, nurse specialists, therapists and social workers based in the local community or at Guy's and St Thomas'.

How to refer

  • NHS GP referrals

    All NHS GP referrals must be submitted using the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS). Referrals sent by email or post from NHS GPs will not be processed.

    Should you require advice about a patient, please use the advice and guidance facility through e-RS.

  • Non GP and tertiary referrals

    Please send your referral to the address above or email

    To help us book your patient into the most appropriate clinic, please provide as much information as possible. We may contact the patient before offering an appointment to make sure they're seen at the most suitable clinic.

Urgent referrals

Patients can be referred by primary care staff working in Southwark and Lambeth using the Telephone Advice Line (TALK).

  • 020 7188 1465 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am-4.30pm)

Outside of these hours, call the main switchboard on 020 7188 7188 and ask for the on-call consultant geriatrician.

TALK is part of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Programme and provides access to specialist advice from a consultant geriatrician.

Internal referrals are accepted via EPR using the HOT clinic referral options. Please provide as many details as possible to explain why this would be considered an urgent referral.

Emergency referrals

We do not take emergency referrals.