Hospital trying to prevent patient falls

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Milton Keynes Hospital is raising awareness of falls prevention in a fortnight of activities from Monday, October 14.

Falls are not a natural part of ageing and should not be ignored. People are more likely to fall due to health problems and unfamiliar surroundings.

If a patient falls in hospital, it can mean they may have to stay longer if they have sustained an injury or the fall may have set their confidence back.

As part of the awareness fortnight, Tracey Davies, the hospital’s Falls Prevention Co-ordinator, will be visiting all wards across the hospital to talk to staff, patients and relatives about what they can do to help reduce the risk of falls.

Tracey said: “Falls can be a problem for people of any age. They can cause fear and a lack of confidence. In hospital patients may fall because of health problems, certain medication and being in unfamiliar surroundings.

“We are raising awareness of falls to alert staff, patients, family, friends and carers that the risk of falls can be reduced with some simple measures.”