Episode 20 introduces our guest Dr Nicola de Savary, a consultant geriatrician at Oxford University Hospitals and geriatric medicine lead for the Clinical Ethics Advisory Group. Nicola has been instrumental in creating and implementing the local pandemic ethics framework and treatment escalation plan for patients at admission. Nicola is also supporting care homes with decision making around admission of elderly patients.
Dr Nicola de Savary describes her experiences as a medical specialist providing care for older people and as a member of a clinical ethics committee that had to consider optimal use of resources. We explore her experiences as the doctor in charge of patients with Covid-19 and the need to increase medical support into care homes. These insights are invaluable as the UK has over 40,000 deaths from Covid-19 of which at least 10,000 have occurred in care home residents.