Falls and Fracture Prevention Service (West Sussex)

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Aims:

  • To maintain/improve independence, restore function and support the well being of adults at risk of falling or who have fallen.
  • To prevent avoidable falls

  • To reduce the risk of injury as a result of falls

  • To improve strength and balance

  • To improve confidence

We are a community team comprising of Physiotherapists,
Occupational Therapists and Technicians. Teams may have access to Nurses, Pharmacy or Consultants/Rapid Access Clinics

Our service is for adults who meet 3 of the following:

  • Multiple falls in the past 12 months

  • Falls at home

  • Requiring ongoing rehabilitation

  • Previous fracture over the age of 50

  • Diagnosis of osteoporosis

  • Balance/stability/lower limb weakness

  • Significant fear of falling

We provide and help with:

  • Assessment in your own home

  • Rehabilitation programmes and practice

  • Provide advice and teach strategies

  • Home Based Exercise Programmes

  • Group Exercise Programme

  • Assessment and provision of equipment for activities of daily living

  • Health Promotion

  • Training programmes for community health & social care staff and staff in care homes

Strength and balance exercise group in Chichester

The Chichester Falls and Fracture Prevention Team have been running a strength and balance exercise group at the Chichester Baptist Church Hall since June 2011.The Programme is for 16 weeks, every Thursday from 2pm to 3.30pm. There are usually between 8 to 15 people who participate in each group and they are identified following referral to the service and assessment at home for their suitability.

Each session provides targeted strength, balance and endurance exercises which are done in sitting and standing. The amount of support individuals require are continuously assessed by the therapy team.

As part of health promotion and falls awareness, there is a short education / advice section which follows the exercise session. Examples of these are: Healthy Eating, Incontinence, Vision and Sight, Anxiety Management, Sleep Issues, Foot care, Benefits of exercise, Osteoporosis, Home Safety, Getting up from the Floor.

This has been a hugely successful programme with people experiencing measurable improvements in overall strength and balance, gaining confidence and reducing their fear of falling. The Chichester Team are hoping to start a second group in Bognor Regis later this year.

Coverage

Chichester, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Worthing

How To Access

Referrals accepted from health & social care professionals, voluntary agencies and made through One Call Coastal on 01903 254 789 or
Email SC-TR.OneCall-South-ReferralsOnly@nhs.net or
SC-TR.OneCall-North-ReferralsOnly@nhs.net

Referral Criteria - our service is for adults who meet 3 of the following:
Multiple falls in the past 12 months, falls at home, requiring ongoing rehabilitation, previous fracture over the age of 50, diagnosis of osteoporosis, balance / stability / lower limb
weakness, significant fear of falling.

Contact Details

Chichester Team
Falls and Fracture Prevention Service
2nd Floor Southgate House
6 Southgate
Chichester
Sussex
PO19 8EG
Tel: 01243 815897
Fax: 01243 815805
Email: SC-TR.WesternFallsService@nhs.net
Monday to Friday service, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Haywards Heath Team
Falls and Fracture Prevention Service
The Kleinwort Centre, Butler's Green Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4BE
Tel: 01444 445600
Fax: 01444 454002
Monday to Friday service, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Horsham Team
Falls and Fracture Prevention Service
Rose Wing, Horsham Hospital, Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2DR
Tel: 01403 227000 ext. 7501/7502
Fax number 01903 276984
Monday to Friday service, 9am to 5pm

Worthing Team
Falls and Fracture Prevention Service - South East area of West Sussex
3rd Floor, Southfield House, 11 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing, BN11 1RY
Tel: 01273 265819
Fax: 01903 276938
Email: SC-TR.fallspreventionservice-aaw-mailbox@nhs.net
Monday to Friday service, 8am to 4.30pm

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday service, varies within teams between 8am to 5pm

How to find us

Assessments are completed within the patient’s home and any ongoing follow-up venues will be advised by the member of the team.

More information

Age UK
0800 169 6565
www.ageuk.org.uk
NHS Direct
0845 46 47
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Department for Work and Pensions
01273 864740
www.dwp.gov.uk
National Osteoporosis Society
0845 450 0230
www.nos.org.uk
Social Care Services
01903 839100
www.nos.org.uk