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.
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 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:
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
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
Durham and Chester-le-Street
'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