Falls service aims to prevent repeats
Patients given help to lead independent lives
A SPECIALIST falls and bones health service is now accessible to anyone in Bucks who may have had a fall in the last 12 months.
The aim of the service is to stop people suffering similar accidents in future – with an emphasis on helping the elderly.
The Buckinghamshire Integrated Falls and Bones Health Service (IFBHS), provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Buckinghamshire County Council, can be accessed through GP referral or by calling to arrange an assessment.
It aims to cut the risk of patients experiencing further falls by providing assessment and support and teaching exercise and balance techniques. It can offer equipment and mobility aids and aims to build confidence for a more independent life.
After a telephone assessment, patients can be booked in for an appointment with a nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
Further actions may see patients recommended for further medical investigation or home exercise classes or even county wide group classes to improve sense of balance.
The service can also advise on how to reduce the risk of future falls.
Excluded from the service are people who are unable to understand and retain instruction, patients with neurological conditions requiring specialist intervention and those in end-of-life care, as the IFBHS is unlikely to be able to offer appropriate support to them. Such cases can, however, be considered on an individual basis.
The service is based at High Wycombe but can make home visits, and operates Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Patients can be referred by GPs and healthcare professionals, but they can also make telephone assessment appointments for themselves – to do so, call 01494 426 868 or 0844 2252 403.