Falls and Bone Health Clinical Reference Group

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 Contacts

People leading on the Falls and Bone Health Clinical Reference Group:

Clinical Lead: Dr Charlotte Levitt

Commissioning Redesign Lead: Michelle Heller 

Public Health Lead: Amanda Cranston and Hannah Gill

Medicine Management: Shaneez Dhanji

Patient Representation: Yes

Falls and Bone Health Services

Integrated Falls and Bone Health Service

St John's Therapy Centre

162 St John's Hill, London SW11 1SW

Telephone: 020 8812 4079

Monday to Friday, 8.30am– 4.30pm

Fracture Liaison Service

Osteoporosis Unit Clinic C

Ground Floor Lanesborough Wing

St George's NHS Healthcare Trust

Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT

Clinic hours are Thursday and Friday mornings but call us for more information outside these times: 020 8725 2657

Age UK Wandsworth

549 Old York Road

London SW18 1TQ

Telephone: 020 8877 8949

Monday to Friday, 8.30am– 4.30pm

Brysson Whyte Rehabilitation Unit

Queen Mary's Hospital

Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PN

Telephone: 020 8487 6170

Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

Day Hospital

St John's Therapy Centre

162 St John's Hill, London SW11 1SW

Telephone: 020 8812 5370

Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

 Links

In this section you will find useful links to other organisations and resources.

Follow the link to see a short educational film on Bone Boost:

www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/gpbone.asp

The Bone Boost programme has been designed to provide treatment for those with osteoporosis or osteopenia and to reduce the amount of fractures due to fragile bones in Wandsworth.
 
Useful websites

Integrated Falls and Bone Health Service www.stgeorges.nhs.uk

Age UK Wandsworth www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth

National Osteoporosis Society www.nos.org.uk

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 Meetings & Minutes

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The next Falls and Bone Health meeting is: Thursday 19 December 2013,  09:30 – 11:00am.

Falls & Bone Health Minutes  

October 2013

December 2013

  
  
NHS WANDSWORTH FALLS LFT_v3.pdf
  

 Introduction

Falls are a common but often overlooked cause of injury and sometimes death. Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.

The Falls and Bone Health Clinical Reference Group is chaired by Dr Charlotte Levitt, a local GP and the Clinical Lead for Falls and Bone Health in Wandsworth.  The group meets every two months to improve services for the prevention and treatment of falls and fractures and the maintenance of bone health in older people within Wandsworth.

The aims of the Wandsworth Falls Prevention, Management and Bone Health Strategy are to:  

  • Minimise the risk of people falling by enhancing the knowledge of staff and patients
  • Promote bone health
  • Raise awareness of falls prevention
  • Reduce the occurrence of falls and fractures
  • Make sure good quality services are in place for people most at risk of falling
  • Make sure all services are working together 
  • Reduce anxiety and fear of falling
  • Improve the patient's experience of services
  • Improve or maintain people's independence and quality of life
  • Make sure services are complying  with national guidance

In March 2012, additional funds were approved to improve and expand  falls prevention, management and bone health services in Wandsworth and the group have been working together to make sure that we achieve the aims set out in the strategy. 

Some of the key projects, we are working on this year are:

Expanding the Integrated Falls and Bone Health Service so by the end of March 2014 we want:

  • To increase the number of patients being referred to the falls service and accessing B+OOST classes (education, exercise and lifestyle classes)
  • To enable 725 patients to use the new bone health service (Bone Boost)
  • More staff in place including a Head of service and a Pharmacist

Expanding the Fracture Liaison Service and DEXA scanning facilities at St George's Hospital so by the end of March 2014 we want:

  • To increase the number of patients over 50 being assessed for future fracture risk or offered drug treatments (e.g. bisphosphonates) when they attend hospital with a fracture resulting from a fall from a standing position or lower.

Working with local GPs and community pharmacies so that:

  • More patients who are at risk of falling or sustaining a fracture are referred to appropriate health services by their GP
  • 90% of patients who have fractured their hip (fractured neck of femur) are prescribed appropriate drug treatments by the end of March 2014
  • More patients receive a Medicine Use Review from their local community pharmacy

Working with the Age UK Handyperson Service so that:

  • People's homes are assessed and modifications are put in place to help prevent falls
  • More people are referred into the Integrated Falls and Bone Health Service

Appointing a part-time WHARF Coordinator (Wandsworth Housing Adaptations and Repair Forum) to:

  • Be a link between Wandsworth housing and health services so that vulnerable residents are assessed and referred on to appropriate services that may prevent them from falling or improve their health and wellbeing.

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