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Frailty and Falls Service
What is the Frailty and Falls Service?
We are a team of multi-skilled health care professionals, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people who live with frailty, or who are at risk of falling and understand how this can impact on your day to day life.
We provide specialist advice to your GP or other clinicians to help you manage in the community.
Why do I have an appointment with the Frailty and Falls Service?
You have been referred to us so we can look at all the factors affecting your health and well- being, including any underlying problems which may increase your chances of falling.
Who will I be seen by?
You will be seen by one or several members of our team usually on the same day but occasionally we may need to book two separate appointments.
Family members or carers are encouraged to attend with you.
How long will the appointment last?
The appointment will last between one and one and a half hours.
Please have your walking aid to hand (if you have one) and a list of your most recent medications for review, including prescription, over the counter and herbal remedies.
What can I expect?
We will ask about your medical history, where you live, what you do day to day and your memory. In addition we will carry out some observations, look at your mobility and walking and may carry out some simple balance checks.
The information will help us build a better picture of you and your needs.
We will then send you and your GP a letter detailing our recommendations, which you can discuss further with your GP.
How often will I be seen by the Frailty and Falls Service?
Usually the Frailty and Falls Service will see you for an initial assessment and depending on your needs we may arrange further follow up or referrals.
Take action now to prevent a fall
- Keep active
- Eat well and drink plenty of fluids
- Get your eyes tested
- Ask your pharmacist for a medication review
- Wear well-fitting shoes
- Look after your feet
- Remove unnecessary clutter
- Keep a light by your bed
- Secure loose and trailing wires
- Make sure carpets and rugs are secure
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Use your walking aid if you have been provided with one
- Do not forget to wear your pendant/wrist alarm if you have one
If you are concerned you are unwell, please telephone NHS 111 on 111.