16 November 2009
Marlyn Glen has received information from the Scottish Government showing that a total of over 1,400 elderly people in Dundee have been emergency hospital admissions as a result of a fall over the latest three years.( 2005-08)
In 2005-06, the number was 465, rising in 2006-07 to 502 and rising again slightly in 2007-08 to 507.
For individual communities in Dundee, the numbers read :
West End ( Westend, Logie and Blackness, Perth Road, Balgay ) 198
Broughty Ferry ( Broughty Ferry West , Broughty Ferry East, West Ferry, Barnhill ) 245
Lochee ( Lochee, Menzieshill, Charleston ) 163
Kirkton, Downfield Ardler and St. Mary’s ( Kirkton, Ardler Downfield and St. Mary’s ) 130
Hilltown ( Hilltown ) 74
Douglas ( Douglas) 86
Whitfield ( Whitfield) 22
Fintry ( Fintry ) 41
Ms. Glen contacted NHS Tayside after a Parliamentary question revealed that the three Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) in Tayside – Dundee , Perth and Kinross, and Angus did not have a combined falls prevention and bone health strategy in place, but “were developing a strategy”
In reply, NHS Tayside Chair, Sandy Watson, said that a review of its draft strategy should be completed by the end of this month.
He told Ms. Glen,
” Each Community Health Partnership has ” a nominated lead for falls prevention and an associated action plan”
“Perth and Kinross CHP has a designated Falls Co-ordinator, ” he told Ms. Glen “Angus and Dundee CHPs have multidisciplinary /multiagency groups leading on the falls prevention work.
“A Tayside-wide group have developed a draft document but are currently reviewing this to define specific commissioning statements and associated action plans.
“This should be completed by the end of November 2009”
Ms. Glen said,
“The Falls Prevention and Bone Strategy seeks to reintegrate back into the community elderly people who have fallen and to minimise the occurence of further falls through exercise and improvements in bone health.”
“Falls in the home, resulting from factors such as poorer vision, lesser mobility and conditions such as osteoporosis, can contribute to injuries that might have been prevented.
“Elderly people can suffer consequences that are both physical such as fractures and hypothermia, and psychological , such as loss of dignity and independence.”
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