The Fracture Liaison Service aims to identify people who may be at risk of further falls or fractures. The service is multi-disciplinary and involves a highly skilled team (Consultant, Nurse Specialist and radiographer) to undertake comprehensive assessment and deliver specific treatment recommendations.
What are the benefits?
- This is a specialist nurse led service which is aimed to identify patients presenting to Barnet Hospital with a ‘fragility fracture’ and offers comprehensive assessment and advice to help to avoid future fractures.
- The service assesses patients over the age of 50 years who have attended hospital with a fragility fracture.
- Patients are assessed during fracture clinic visit (outpatient) or during an inpatient stay.
- This is not a self-referral service; patients are identified via the Hospital’s attendance and admissions data.
- Treatments to strengthen bone or reduce the risk of further falls may be effective in reducing the risk of further fractures
Patients can expect:
- A clinical assessment by the Nurse Specialist. This will look at assessing osteoporosis and future fracture risk as well as the risk of falls
- If indicated, a bone density (DEXA) scan to more accurately measure any thinning of the bone
- Advice to the patient and general practitioner regarding results of the assessments and any recommended treatments resulting from these
- Referral to appropriate falls prevention services or exercise programmes if indicated
- Nurse led telephone follow up after the initial assessment.
How to refer
The following clinicians can refer to this service: