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Shoppers put best feet forward at falls prevention event

Press release – July 10 2017

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Shoppers put best feet forward at falls prevention event

Nearly 500 people took part in a falls advice and information event held in Hereford’s High Town.

The event is one of the ways Wye Valley NHS Trust’s falls prevention service is reaching out to local people to help raise awareness of falls prevention.

Everyone who attended received advice and information about the importance of eating a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, to develop and maintain healthy bones for people of all ages, and also to prevent osteoporosis later in life.   

Dozens of walking aid checks were carried out – a number had the worn out rubber feet on their walking aids replaced - and some were referred to Herefordshire’s falls prevention service for further assessment.

Jo Burns, falls prevention service lead at Wye Valley NHS Trust, added: "We’re pleased that we managed to speak to so many people. Falls prevention is everyone’s business so we’d like to thank those who made time to find out how they can reduce their own and other people’s risk of falling.

“More than 2,000 people who fall, or have risk factors for falling, are referred to our service each year and are offered advice, assessment and interventions, on how to reduce the risk of falls.

"Recommendations include specific exercise, eyesight, hearing and medication checks, eating a balanced diet, ensuring homes are hazard free and have good lighting, looking after your feet and wearing good fitting shoes and slippers.

"If anyone is worried about their balance, dizziness or falls it's important that they contact their GP or call our service direct".

This year the event was supported by the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) which set up next to the falls service to give out information about home fire safety.

“We found that many of the people who are at risk of a fall also face issues regarding fire safety in their home so it was extremely useful being able to talk to people about these two important issues,” said HWFRS Area Commander Mark Preece.

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).

To find out more about home fire safety check call 0800 032 1155 or visit www.hwfire.org.uk.

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Pic caption:

Left to right in Hereford’s High Town: Tina Brown (Orthopaedic technician fracture clinic), Jo Burns (talls prevention service lead), Eileen Quinn (therapy support worker), Ben Cox (community risk technician), Julie Hardman (falls specialist occupational therapist), Rob Garrard (community risk technician)

Note to Editors:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
  • 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 £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus 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:

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk
Hereford
HR1 2ER

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