Hull FIRST launched to help vulnerable people who’ve fallen

Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by KCFM

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More than a thousand people over 65 were admitted to hospital in Hull last Autumn with injuries due to falling. It’s estimated around 30% of people aged 65 and over and 40% of people aged 75 and over, who are living at home, fall each year.

The impact following a fall can result in them losing confidence, their independence and social contact.

A pilot scheme has now been launched to help vulnerable residents who’ve fallen in the city. It will be trialled for the next six months to see how successful the unique approach is.

Nine public services have united to create the 24/7 rapid response service, known as Hull FIRST (Falls Intervention Response Safety Team).

Chris Blacksell is Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue: “We’re likely to do anywhere between five and six thousand calls a year in Hull at the moment, so hopefully we can bring that down, work with other partners to reduce that, and hopefully get into a position where not as many people are having to go to hospital but to make sure people are living independently and safely in their own home.

“Fires have gone down but clearly we need the firefighters around the service area who can respond quickly as well, so this doesn’t take away from that. We’ve still got the same number of fire engines available that we’ve always had, but because we have a reduced number of fires and a reasonable number of road traffic collisions, we’ve got firefighters now who’ve been trained in medical care, a lot higher than they ever have been really, so we should be using them for that.”

Emma Latimer is the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer: “This isn’t about money for me, this is about making sure that when a patient needs help, they get it and they get it quickly. Also that we reduce duplication because it doesn’t matter what service you’re wearing, you’re part of the public sector in Hull. You shouldn’t have to fill in loads of forms and refer people on, you should see the patient, understand what they need and help them.”


Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by KCFM

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