HRH The Duchess of Rothesay celebrates osteoporosis service success in Aberdeen

18 Jan 2017

Our President Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall (known as The Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland) visited the University of Aberdeen today to learn more about how people with osteoporosis living in the remotest parts of the UK still have access to the best scanning service and support.

Osteoporosis affects one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 and a mobile osteoporosis scanning unit has already been used for over 1,050 people since the service began.

Access to fracture prevention services, which are commonly based in urban centres, can be difficult for people at highest risk of fracture; often frail, elderly patients living in rural communities.

During her visit,  Her Royal Highness met patients and members of the local National Osteoporosis Society’s support group, a lifeline for the people who have the condition and who are often in pain and fear due to the fractures they have endured.

The group has been established for 25 years and in that time has supported and educated thousands of people on the condition, as well as fundraised for local health professionals to attend events.

Professor David Reid, Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Aberdeen and an international expert on osteoporosis says: "With this mobile unit, we are at the forefront of identifying and treating this serious and widespread condition. In the North East of Scotland we have scanning facilities in Aberdeen and Elgin - this means that many patients, some of them frail, can face long journeys if they live in rural parts of northern Scotland, while for those coming from Orkney and Shetland, it is substantially longer and more time consuming. This unit brings a service for bone density assessment nearer to the patients' homes."

Fizz Thompson, Clinical Director at the National Osteoporosis Society, added, “It’s always a delight to be able to show Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay our work and to introduce her to our support groups who work so tirelessly on behalf of the three million people in the UK who have this condition. As our President, HRH is extremely dedicated in her support and her personal connection to the condition means that she is able to really understand the personal stories that she hears from people with osteoporosis.”

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