Falls and Bone Health Services

The Falls and Bone Health Services offer assessment and management of falls and osteoporosis risks; generally to people aged 65 and over.

The services are closely linked and the professionals involved are employed by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and Gloucestershire County Council; providing services across the county.

Falls Service

A third of people over 65 fall each year. A half of all people aged over 80 fall each year. However, falls risks can be minimised and falls are not an inevitable part of ageing. The Falls Service provides detailed assessment of falls risk factors and offers personalised treatment plans to minimise these risks.

Common risk factors include:

  • a history of previous falls
  • a lack of confidence to walk/exercise
  • poor walking
  • poor balance
  • lower limb weakness
  • poor vision
  • environmental hazards such as loose carpets, poor lighting, lack of suitable hand rails
  • multiple or sedating medications

Common interventions/treatments include:

  • strength and balance exercise (individual home exercises or in a supportive and enjoyable group setting) to improve balance and confidence
  • provision of walking aids
  • medications review
  • home safety check

The aim of the Falls Service is to minimise your risk of falling and keep you active and independent.

If you have any concerns about falling or wish to speak to someone about an assessment, please contact the relevant Clinical Specialist in Falls Prevention and Management:

People living in Cheltenham and the East of Gloucestershire                           People living in Gloucester and the West of Gloucestershire

Kerrie Hodges

Therapy Department, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN

0300 422 3040

Zoe Spencer

Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NN

0300 422 8547

 

Bone Health Service

Follow this link for further information on the Bone Health Service

Falls and Bone Health Links

AgeUK

National Osteoporosis Society