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Tyne and Wear FRS supporting falls prevention week
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 22nd September 2017 at 14:01

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is playing its part in Falls Prevention Week (Friday 22nd September – Friday 28th September) by featuring in a film which will be seen in the waiting areas of GP Practices, Federations, Hospital Trusts and Local Authorities. The film also includes contributions from Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; NHS North Tyneside CCG; Newcastle University; County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust; NEAS; Community Care and Health Forum and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. Developed by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, the film highlights the everyday dangers that could lead to a fall – all based around the acronym F.A.L.L.S. FIT for purpose: replace worn out slippers with soft shoes. Walking aids – do you need one? Check your ferrule AROUND the house: Clear clutter, loose wires and rugs. Ensure good lighting and handrails. Request a home hazard assessment LONG term conditions: See GP for review of long term conditions (stroke, blood pressure, heart attack, Parkinson's disease). See pharmacist for a medication review LIFESTYLE: Stay hydrated, eat a healthy balanced diet and avoid excessive alcohol. See optician for eye test SEDENTARY lifestyle: Stay active with regular exercise. Be aware of pavements and kerb
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