Scheme launched to prevent falls

A NEW scheme designed to prevent falls has been a launched today.Ipswich football legend John Wark was due to officially mark the creation of a new website by Suffolk Primary Care Trust dedicated to stopping falls.

A NEW scheme designed to prevent falls has been a launched today.

Ipswich football legend John Wark was due to officially mark the creation of a new website by Suffolk Primary Care Trust dedicated to stopping falls..

The site will provide information about support for people affected and their families.

Around £6million was spent on fall-related costs in Suffolk in 2004/5 and falling is the most common cause of accidental death among over 75s. Falls are also the most common call to paramedics.

Ann Hunt, falls prevention co-ordinator for Suffolk PCT, said: “We hope this website will be informative and help people identify the positive changes that they can make to help prevent a fall and injury.

“This should give people even more information about falls and fracture prevention and should assist in helping people to be more proactive in taking up physical activities and exercise, to live independently, to improve their quality of life and seek help when required.

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“It is never too late to start reducing the risk of falling and everyone can actively improve their strength and balance.”

To view the website visit www.FallsandFracturePreventioninSuffolk.nhs.uk.

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