The Silver Book – guidelines for the emergency care of older people

The BGS is proud to announce the publication of the Silver Book, an essential guide to for all those involved in delivering emergency care to meet the needs of older patients and to promote continuous improvement in the standards of care.

The Silver Book recommends ways in which emergency admissions can be reduced and the experience of those admitted improved.  It considers all the clinical contacts which a patient might have during an emergency and suggests minimum standards and responses. A core focus of the Silver Book is the skills and competencies needed by healthcare staff to ensure they are better able to assess and manage frail older people. This guide supports all those involved in delivering emergency care for older patients including:

  • primary care – in and out of hours services
  • ambulance services
  • emergency departments
  • urgent care units
  • minor injury units
  • walk-in-centres
  • acute medical units
  • community hospitals.

The Silver Book is a collaborative response to a pressing need to address how older people are cared for over the first 24 hours of an urgent care episode.

For more details.

To download The Silver Book. [PDF]