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Right Arrow Fund for specialist nurse practitioner started with a Ball
15 January 2009 at 16:46
Each year over 310,000 patients will present to health care services in the UK with a fragility fracture. The majority of these fractures occur in the wrist, spine, ankle and hip and usually occur with minimal force. In the elderly population this is commonly due to osteoporosis, which is thinning of the bones. This number is on the increase with the annual number of hip fractures set to double by 2050.

Osteoporosis is the most common preventable bone disease in the UK and is on the rise as people live longer. However, like many conditions it requires a combination of hospital services and community support to effectively manage it. Patients admitted to hospital with fractures require help from a multidisciplinary team including orthopaedic surgeons, nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and orthogeriatric specialists.

Preventing further fractures is a key goal for today’s health care services and synchronisation of these services by a designated liaison person, such as a specialist osteoporosis nurse, would drastically improve patient outcomes and prevent further injuries.

With this in mind the £1,300 raised at last year’s annual Orthopaedic Ball hosted by staff at the Hospital has been presented to the hospital with the aim of starting a fund to employ an osteoporosis nurse practitioner in the future.

Mr George Ampat, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon said “This may only be a drop in the ocean but it is a start and our efforts will continue. Our local community has a greater proportion of elderly citizens and the presence of a specialist nurse practitioner would enhance the current service we can offer at the hospital.

“There are not only health consequences of fragility fractures, but also social and economic ones. These are often elderly patients with co-existing medical problems which can lead to a prolonged hospital stay and a permanent reduction in mobility, confidence and therefore independence.

“Currently £2 billion is spent in the UK per year on medical and social costs relating mostly to hip fractures. It is an unfortunate fact that 10% of patients admitted to hospital with a hip fracture die within one month and another 20% within the year. Anything that can be done to reduce this number through prevention has to be looked at and I believe the provision of an osteoporosis nurse practitioner will help. This would ultimately save the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped organise the ball and all who have contributed to this cause.”

This years Orthopaedic Ball will be held on Friday 11th September 2009 at Formby Hall Golf Course. Funds raised from that Ball will also be used for this cause.

Notes to Editors

Picture shows Hospital Chief Executive Jonathan Parry (far left) receiving the cheque for £1,300 from Mrs. Nicola Ivanovic (2nd from the right) and other staff from the orthopaedic ward.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714