Simple advice to avoid a fall

Posted: November 2 2017

Local care and wellbeing organisations have launched the Remember, Remember, Don’t Fall in November safety campaign.

Simple advice to avoid a fall

The leaflet produced by #HertsmereUnited

More than 5,000 people suffered a fall in Hertsmere last year with 450 of them ending up in A&E - leading local care and wellbeing organisations to launch the Remember, Remember, Don’t Fall in November safety awareness campaign.

Leaflets available from GP surgeries and pharmacists contain a simple checklist so people can see whether they are at risk of suffering a fall.

There is a list of top tips to reduce the chances of falling. The steps include:

  • Attend a balance and exercise class organised by the Hertsmere Leisure Team
  • Have a medication review from a pharmacist or GP
  • Exchange your old slippers for new through the Slipper Exchange Service
  • Book a Safe and Well Assessment from the fire and rescue service

The campaign has been organised by #HertsmereUnited, a grouping of local organisations including Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, GPs, nurses, pharmacists, voluntary agencies, social care, the emergency services and community teams to better meet the needs of the local population.

More advice on keeping your feet on the ground is available by calling the Herts Help Advice Line on 0300 123 4044.

If you are a journalist or media representative requiring further information contact our communications team on (01707) 388148 or via communications@hct.nhs.uk