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POPS service

Looking after patients aged 65 years and above 

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Service overview

The proactive care of older people (POPS) team is an award-winning service and the first of its kind in the UK. It started in 2003 and has rapidly become an essential surgical support service. It is recognised locally and nationally as being of high quality, innovative and clinically effective.

We look after older, complex patients undergoing elective and emergency surgery. Preoperatively we assess patients and treat any medical, functional, psychological and social issues, with the aim of reducing postoperative problems and ensuring a safe and effective discharge from hospital. The POPS team will be involved throughout your admission working closely with your surgeon and anaesthetist.

Our service

Our team includes specialist doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff.  Each member of the team can help in different ways and the support you receive will depend on your individual needs, for example: 

  • Our consultant or specialist nurse may perform a full medical and nursing assessment
  • Our occupational therapist can give advice on aids and strategies to maximise your independence
  • The POPS team can speak to social services on your behalf and give you advice on any benefits/grants that you may be entitled to, as well as information on relevant community and voluntary resources.



Tel: 020 7188 2092