The Falls Clinic is for people who have had more than one fall. The purpose of the clinic is for staff to carry out an assessment to identify all of the risk factors for falls and to give advice on ways to reduce the risk in the future.
You will be seen by a team including a consultant or senior doctor, a nurse and a physiotherapist. Medical and other professional students may also be present during your assessment, but only with your permission. You will see each member of the team during your visit so the appointment may take up to 2 hours.
What do I need to bring?
Please remember to bring:
- a list of your current medications
- the glasses that you usually wear
- the walking aid that you regularly use
We encourage you to bring a partner, relative, carer or friend with you to the clinic, particularly if they have seen some of your falls.
At the Falls Clinic
The following assessments may be carried out:
- a review of your medication
- an assessment of your activities of daily living
- a strength, gait and balance assessment
- measurement of your height and weight
- measurement of your blood pressure when lying and standing
- a medical examination by the doctor
- a bone health assessment
Other tests such as an ECG, X-ray or blood tests may also be carried out.
Depending on the risk factors we find, we may ask you to return to a follow-up clinic or to have further tests. We may teach you exercises to improve your strength and balance or refer you to an active balance class. We might also give you advice or equipment to help you increase your physical activity.
We will give you a written summary of recommendations made by the Falls Team, to help reduce your risk of falling.
We will send a letter to your GP and the person who referred you to the clinic (if different), with a summary of the risk factors we have found for falling and any recommendations to reduce the risk. If you would like to receive a copy of this letter, please ask at the clinic.
If you have any questions about the Falls Clinic, please contact the secretary:
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Tel: 0300 422 5619
Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30am to 2:00pm
Thursday, 8:30am to 1:30pm
Outside of these hours, you can call 0300 422 6455