"judgment by date of birth"

About: City Hospital campus / Older people's healthcare

(as the patient),

Do health care professionals judge the patient in front of them simply by their date of birth and not LOOK at the patient? This seems so in my experience, at the City Hospital Rehab Clinic.

As a patient attending the osteoporosis clinic, which is located within the health care of the elderly rehab centre, I felt that my date of birth, not my abilities, activity and intellect was the one thing that determined my treatment by the staff. It appears to me that they look at date of birth and go into automatic pilot with the expectations that once the magic age of 65 is passed then the patient is expected to be at immediate risk of stroke and falls.

Questions concerning accommodation eyes raised if one lives still in a HOUSE! The questions seem to be targeted at a geriatric patient and are insulting.

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Response from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Thank you for getting in touch and sharing your concerns with us. Sometimes it is necessary for clinical colleagues to ask patients questions which it may seem should not apply to them, in order to establish medical history and also to help identify any difficulties these patients may have that may not be apparent from age or physical appearance; however, we are sorry that on this occasion at the NUH Rehab Unit you were unhappy with the questions asked and with the way you felt staff were responding to your answers.

We apologise if at any time during your appointment you were made to feel that you were not respected as an individual. We have shared your feedback with the managers of the NUH Rehab Unit, and if you would like to discuss your concerns further, you are welcome to telephone me on 0115 924 9924 ext 67184.

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Update posted by Buzz (the patient)

So we DO get treated by our date of birth; that is the essence of this response from the Trust person! Let's face it folks, as soon as you get over the magic age of 65 and remember some of us are still busy working at this age and older, you are a suspect person who may have any of the age related diseases and/or disabilities which the medical and nursing staff have determined that someone of your date of birth may have. Nice to know we are to be treated as crocks about to choke!

Somewhat of a sop to Cerebus the Trust response. Acquiring medical baseline history fso they can pigeonhole us in the geriatric file?