Stoke's Fracture Liaison Service extends reach

30 Nov 2016

An award-winning unit at Haywood Hospital, which works to reduce the number of fractures caused by the bone disease osteoporosis, celebrated a boost which will see it expand its reach to help even more people in Stoke on Trent.

The newly expanded Fracture Liaison Service, which held an event on Wednesday (29th November) with television star Jonathan Wilkes and UK charity the National Osteoporosis Society, will also aim to save the local health authority significant amounts of money by reducing the costs of treating fractures.

Dr Zoe Paskins, Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership, said the unit would help address the rising number of fractures across the region.

“The fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life changing and debilitating to those who suffer them and our unit, which has significantly expanded its reach with the support of UK charity the National Osteoporosis Society, can now help to identify even more of those at risk earlier and put them on a treatment to prevent fractures.”

Tim Jones, Sonya Stephenson, Zoe Paskins and Jonathan Wilkes

Jonathan Wilkes, a former You've Been Framed host, said he was delighted to be able to do his bit to help prevent the pain and suffering of fractures for local people in the Stoke area.

Fizz Thompson, Clinical and Operations Director at the National Osteoporosis Society said the charity was working with Health Services across the UK to open as many Fracture Liaison Services as possible as a way of addressing the growing number of fractures caused by osteoporosis.

“Broken bones can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, a problem which can be addressed by early identification of osteoporosis," she said.

"Fracture Liaison Services like this are a proven way of addressing this issues and the National Osteoporosis Society is working in partnership with health professionals across the UK to ensure everyone can have access to these life changing services.”

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