Falls are a major cause of disability and the leading cause of mortality due to injury in older people aged over 65 in the UK. Every year, over 400,000 older people in England attend A&E departments following an accident and nearly 14,000 people die each year as a result of an osteoporotic hip fracture.
For info on our Falls Management Service please contact:
Diane Daly, Physiotherapist
020 7806 4010 to leave a message or 020 7806 4000, request bleep 17
Daphna Sharf-Razin, Occupational Therapist
020 7806 4000, extension 4455 to leave a message or 020 7806 4000, request bleep 26
The National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that older people in contact with healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists (OT), should be asked routinely the following questions:
- Have you fallen in the past year?
- If so, how often have you fallen?
- Can you describe the way in which the fall occurred?
Central Health Physiotherapy offers a flexible comprehensive Falls Management Service that meets NICE and NSF (National Service Framework) guidelines. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy assessment and treatment are available to patients through The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth, on an outpatient or domiciliary basis.
"It definitely built up my strength and muscles. It gave me confidence and it helped me. I found you all (physiotherapists and occupational therapists) very efficient and helpful. I haven't had a fall since."
Mrs. Frances Gibson
"The programme made me generally better. It was very useful for my mobility and balance."
"I enjoyed coming to the hospital for exercises to improve my balance, especially the one-on-one attention I received from the physiotherapist who designed an exercise programme for me. I am most grateful to the occupational therapist for encouraging me to take up the carpets from my beautiful wood floors at home, and I still use the trolley the OT suggested on a daily basis."
Mrs Elena Wilkinson