Hull fall patients get new rapid response unit

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by The News Editor

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People in Hull who injure themselves through falls are getting their own round-the-clock rapid response scheme this month.

The trailblazing 6-month Hull FIRST (Falls Intervention Response Safety Team) trial will see a number of agencies working together.

These include City Health Care Partnership CIC, Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust.

The Ambulance Service will be responsible for prioritising fall patients for calls through NHS 111 and 999.

A total of 1,016 Hull fall victims over the age of 65 were taken to hospital in 2014.

The falls team from an Emergency Operations Centre-based YAS Clinical Hub will assess what care options are best suited to patients’ needs.

The goal is to provide help for non-emergency cases in 60 minutes or under.

A fall in older age, even if a person is not seriously injured, can have the knock-on effect of lowering self-esteem, social interaction and independence.

The Hull FIRST project comes under the Hull 2020 transformation scheme banner. Nine public services have joined forces on this programme to help make Hull a safer, healthier place.

About 3 in 10 over-65s and 4 in 10 over-75 who live in their own properties fall every year.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by The News Editor

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