Using data to evaluate the need for a Frailty Parkinson’s service at St. George’s Hospital

By Dr. Towhid Imam, Consultant Geriatrician



Understand the impact of COVID-19 on hospital admissions among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) aged 65 and over.


Compared to the same period in 2019:

  • there was a marked reduction in admissions during the first wave of the pandemic.
  • there was also a marked reduction in emergency department discharges
  • there were more admissions to the senior ward in 2020 than their were in 2019

Key findings

The analysis of electronic patient record system data found there were:

  • 592 admissions among people with PD aged 65 and over in 2019, and 369 in 2020
  • This cohort accounted for 3% of all admissions in 2019, and 2% in 2020
  • In both 2019 and 2020, the majority of admissions were made during working hours
  • Discharges from the Amyand Parkinson’s frailty ward fell from just over 60 in 2019 to around 30 in 2020
  • Discharges from the Cavell short stay ward fell from around 70 in 2019 to just over 20 in 2020


  • Collaborate with the PD team and the front door frailty team to promote proactive patient review
  • Develop further data analysis on:
    • Discharge diagnoses
    • Length of stay, mortality, and readmission rates

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