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Falls & Osteoporosis

Falls and Osteoporosis prevention services

The falls and osteoporosis services across County Durham and Darlington aim to help prevent falls and fractures, to provide support to people and help them to maintain active and independent lives.

Falls

Where falls are happening, our services will look at all the possible causes in order to prevent further falls occurring. We will assess the 'bone health' of clients in order to give them appropriate help and advice so they can avoid fractures. We encourage older people to lead lives giving advice on diet exercise and safety in the home.

Our service includes specialist nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. We have close links with other services including GPs. If you have had a fall, feel you are at risk of falling, or are concerned about an older person you know, please contact the falls and osteoporosis services in your locality.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition whereby the bones weaken and are more likely to break. There are many reasons why our bones become weaker and some of these are:

  • Long term use of oral steroids
  • Hormonal changes such as the menopause
  • Reduced mobility and lack of weight bearing exercises such as walking. It  is important to stay active
  • Diet - calcium and vitamin D are essential for healthy bones.


The specialist nurses will assess patients needs and offer advice and treatment where needed with onward referral to other services where appropriate, the nurses work closely with rheumatologists and orthopaedic consultants and your GP to ensure that the best care is provided.



Service Information

The service is provided Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm across County Durham and Darlington.

To contact your local service:

Sedgefield and Dales Locality

  • Falls and osteoporosis service        
  • 01325 452281


Darlington

  • Falls           
  • 01325 342111


Derwentside

  • Falls service                   
  • 01207 594531


Durham and Chester-le-Street

  • Falls service                   
  • 0191 387 6405

 

  • Osteoporosis service               
  • 01388 452281


Easington

  • Falls and Osteoporosis service           
  • 0191 518 5125




'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital