Press release – 24 June 2016
More than 400 residents have been helped to stay steady on their feet at the falls prevention event held in Hereford High Town this week.
Herefordshire’s falls prevention team were on hand in Hereford High Town throughout this week (June 20 to 24) offering practical help and advice to people affected by falls, or worried about falling.
The local service undertakes around 800 assessments a year in people’s homes and at local falls clinics, and offers interventions to help people stay steady on their feet.
Jo Burns, falls prevention service team leader at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: "We recommend specific exercise, eyesight, hearing and medication checks, ensuring homes are hazard free and have good lighting, looking after your feet and wearing good fitting shoes and slippers.
“Falls don’t just affect older people” added Tanya Brooks from Wye Valley NHS Trust's osteoporosis team. "It is important that people of all ages eat calcium-rich foods, such as dairy, to develop and maintain healthy bones, and also to prevent osteoporosis later in life".
The event showed that there is a whole range of simple things that can help reduce the risk of a fall. Jo said: “If anyone is worried about their balance, dizziness or falls, it's important that they contact their GP or call our service direct".
To get advice from the falls prevention service or have a free assessment at your home or local clinic call 01568 617309 or visit www.wyevalley.nhs.uk (community services, falls service).
Left to right: Julie Hardman, falls prevention specialist occupational therapist, and Jo Burns, falls prevention service team leader.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.