Falls ser­vice aims to pre­vent re­peats

Pa­tients given help to lead in­de­pen­dent lives

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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