Fracture Liaison Service
The service aims to reduce risk of further fractures in patients presenting with a ‘new incident osteoporosis fragility fracture’, that is women and men over 50 years of age with a low trauma fracture of a site associated with osteoporosis.
The service provides
- Identification of patients through active case finding in fracture clinics at Craigavon and Daisy Hill hospitals and referrals form other key services such as the Trauma and Orthopaedic service, Accident and Emergency Departments and Minor Injury Units
- Assessment of clinical risk factors for osteoporosis and risk of future fractures, assessment of bone density (if appropriate), and assessment of risk of falls
- Health education, advice and literature on their individualised risk factors and interventions to enable them to modify and reduce that risk, including advice on diet, smoking cessation, reducing excessive alcohol intake, and appropriate exercise and activity to improve bone density and reduce risk of falls and injury.
- Referrals to other services, for example Falls Assessment Clinics, medical assessment and investigation for secondary causes of osteoporosis
- Reports to GPs on bone density scan, assessment of risk factors and treatment recommendations.
Accessing the service
The service is available to all patients who present with a new fragility fracture as described above.
Locations where this service is delivered
Fracture Liaison Nurse Practitioner
Carn Community Health
1 Carn Drive
Portadown BT63 5RH