Top treatment of OAP fall victims

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ELDERLY patients who suffer a fall receive good care at hospitals in Sheffield, a new report has revealed.

The National Falls and Bone Health Audit Report found Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which runs the Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford hospitals - provides a particularly good service for people who have suffered hip fractures.

The audit found patients received better assessments to prevent further falls and more treatment for osteoporosis - a bone weakening condition - compared to similar patients at most other hospitals.

The positive findings follow the trust’s work with primary care trust NHS Sheffield on the Falls Prevention Service.

Bernie Baker, aged 73, suffered a fall in her kitchen at the end of March. The grandmother-of-five from Dore said she was very pleased with her care at the Northern General Hospital. She added: “All the staff were very caring and couldn’t have done more.

“I had a CT scan straight away and the nurse came to put my mind at rest immediately after she got the results.

“I couldn’t have been in better hands.”

The audit said improvements could be made by developing methods to identify patients for the Falls Prevention Service and the Osteoporosis Service when they attend the Accident and Emergency Department with a fall or fracture.

Hilary Chapman, chief nurse / chief operating officer at trust, said: “We are pleased with the results of the audit which clearly reflect the efforts of our staff in caring for older patients.

“However, we are never complacent and we will continue to explore opportunities for further improvements.”

A spokesman for NHS Sheffield added preventing falls were a priority for them.