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Falls Prevention

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Colchester Hospital

Service

Specialist Falls Clinic

Organisation

ESNEFT

Service offered

Consultant led CGA focused on falls (& fracture) prevention

  • includes physiotherapy and nursing assessment
  • Access to diagnostics/24 hour ECG/ECHO/syncope/Dexa/ CT

Strong links to falls community services &interventions

Guidelines/criteria for referral

Patient has had 2 or more unexplained falls in the last 3 months

or one indoor fall with fracture

or one fall with LOC or dizziness and is on more than 4 medications

Contact details & referral method

Referral Letter to:

Dr T Shawis, Consultant Geriatrician with special interest in Falls, Admin 3, Gainsborough Wing, Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JL.

Colchester Community Services

Service

Community Falls Service

Organisation

PROVIDE Essex Lifestyles

Service offered

Falls prevention advice and interventions in your own home

Guidelines/criteria for referral

Falls or risk of falls

Contact details & referral method

Email: Provide.essexlifestyles@nhs.net

Telephone: 0300 303 9988

Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.

Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.

Most falls do not result in serious injury. But there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn, and feel as if they have lost their independence.

For information about falls prevention, please visit the NHS Choices website

For more information about preventing falls whilst you are an inpatient in hospital, have a look at this short film:

 

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