Treatment to fall back on

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IT is the moment so many pensioners dread - a faulty step, a trip and that sickening thud which can mean only one thing, a fall. As your bones weaken, vulnerability to falls increases and the consequences can be devastating.

Whether concussion or broken bones, a fall can be debilitating in many ways.

So it is reassuring to read that a new report says patients who suffer a fall receive good care at hospitals in Sheffield.

The National Falls and Bone Health Audit Report lauds the NHS Trust which runs the Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford hospitals.

It is praised for providing a particularly good service for people who have suffered hip fractures. Patients here also receive better assessments to prevent further falls compared to most other hospitals.

All this and our hospitals are studying more ways to improve the service. So while nobody wants to fall, if you do, you are in safe hands in Sheffield.

Saving money and freeing up police

NO doubt some people will by upset and even concerned that South Yorkshire Police propose to close 13 of their 19 front desks across the county.

But the reality is that life has changed drastically since these were first established and the force needs to move on.

The public nowadays tend to contact the police by telephone or email rather than popping into their police station. So we believe the inconvenience will be minimal - and much less than that perceived by many.

What is more, with the police needing to watch their resources more carefully than ever before, this is a way to ensure that staff are engaged in the more important job of dealing with issues that affect them.

This will save money and free up police time. And few could argue that to be a backward step.

Cutting footprints

ROCKETING gas and electricity bills and the increasingly important task of finding alternative sources to dwindling fossil fuel supplies create a powerful argument for the money-for-nothing offer by a local solar panel business.

For South Yorkshire firm A Shade Greener is offering free electricity to anyone who agrees to let it install a power-generating system to the roof of their home.

The company makes its money from surplus energy being fed into the national grid and from a tariff paid by the Government to micro-generators, such as homes with solar panels on the roof.

This is an attractive option for anyone wishing to cut their carbon footprint while reducing their power bills. And it is good for the business too, which now employs a sizeable workforce.