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Bromley now has a specialist falls and fracture prevention service

Date: 10 February 2014

Anyone can have a fall but older people are the most at risk. Risk increases if someone has a long-term health condition such as dementia or heart disease. Around one in three adults who are over 65 and live at home will have at least one fall a year. Half of these people will fall more often.


Healthcare professionals in Bromley take falls in older people very seriously because of the impact a broken bone can have, including hospital stays and a loss of confidence and independence. Bromley Healthcare now has a Specialist Falls and Fracture Prevention Service commissioned by NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Andrew Parson, Chair of NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Local GPs in Bromley want residents to stay healthy and well. Most falls don’t result in serious injury but particularly for older people there is the risk of problems such as broken bones. This service will support our residents to avoid falls and the health complications these can lead to."

The service is designed to help improve balance and strength. It is aimed at Bromley residents who have fallen or are worried about falling, particularly those at risk of osteoporosis which is the thinning and weakening of bones.

Your GP or health professional can refer you to the new falls and fracture prevention service. The specialist team will help you understand why you fell and offer you an assessment to find out the reason for your fall and whether you are at risk of falling again. They give lots of practical ways to help prevent a fall in the future.

  • Summary:

    Anyone can have a fall but older people are the most at risk. Risk increases if someone has a long-term health condition such as dementia or heart disease. Around one in three adults who are over 65 and live at home will have at least one fall a year. Half of these people will fall more often.

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