Bid to stop OAPs falling

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CHESTERFIELD Royal Hospital is backing a campaign to reduce the number of falls suffered by old folk.

The trust is supporting Age UK’s National Falls Awareness Week which runs until tomorrow aimed at raising awareness of the simple steps that can help reduce falls at home and in hospital.

Over the past year the trust has been focusing on reducing the occurrence of incidents on the wards by setting up a dedicated falls group to work with staff in identifying risks.

Lesley Makin, senior matron for patient safety, said: “Falls to patients in hospital cause a lot of distress and can result in injury, pain, loss of confidence and loss of independence, not to mention the added anxiety it causes them, their families, friends and hospital staff.

“It’s important we let patients, their families and friends know what we’re doing to try to reduce the risk of falls. We’re also taking this campaign to the staff to ensure they know the simple things that can be done to help prevent falls.”