New team planned to help cut falls rate among older people

July 03 2016

A COMMUNITY team will be set up to try and reduce the number of falls suffered by older people in South Gloucestershire.

A COMMUNITY team will be set up to try and reduce the number of falls suffered by older people in South Gloucestershire.
Ambulance crews are currently called out to 3,800 falls a year in the district, resulting in 900 hospital admissions. About 260 broken hips are the result of those falls.
Figures also show that half of South Gloucestershire residents over the age of 80 will have a fall during the year.
Dr Ann Sephton, clinical lead for urgent care at the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This can mean a loss of confidence, mobility and independence, as well as injury and possibly undergoing surgery, facing all the risks an operation poses.
“Taking effective action to reduce falls will reduce the burden on our local NHS and improve the lives of many of our older residents.
Consultation is now underway on the CCG proposal for the new community team, who will  work with specialist physiotherapists and provide preventative and rehabilitation services.
Dr Sephton said the team, which should start work later this year, would be one of a range of community services aimed at rehabilitating people and helping them stay in their homes rather than requiring hospital treatment or residential care.
Its members will also be able to perform other health checks on patients, such as dementia screening.
The closing day for responses to the proposal is July 7, with a report on feedback to be published later.