Date: 24/01/2008 Category: Medway PCT
A Falls Awareness Week next month promises to give advice and highlight the problems surrounding falling, and what you can do to help sufferers. From Monday, 11 February pharmacies throughout Medway will be offering advice to sufferers, family, carers and professionals to help prevent falls among the over 65s. Residents can pop along to any pharmacy in Medway and talk to a Pharmacist or member of their team about falls prevention. Medway Primary Care Trust’s Falls Prevention Service aims to provide assessment and treatment for those who fall or are at risk of falling. Falls Prevention Service Manager Clare Dock said: “Falling, and the fear of falling, is a serious subject matter and one we are keen to help people understand. “We hope this awareness week helps to highlight the problem to a wider audience. “The Falls Service does have a number of self-referral clinics throughout Medway where anyone can request an assessment, and ask a member of the team for advice. “We also run exercise programmes at the three healthy living centres (Rainham, Lordswood and Rochester) aimed at improving balance and strength.” The main aims of the Falls Service is to prevent falls among the over 65s; to prevent injury related to falls (such as hip fractures); to help those who have fallen to regain independence and confidence, and to be an educational resource to family, carers and professionals. The Falls Prevention Service is based at St Bart’s Hospital, New Road, Rochester. Telephone 01634 810953 (appointments line 9.30am to 3pm).