Over 1,400 elderly people in Dundee have been emergency admissions to hospital after falling in the past three years

16 November 2009

Marlyn Glen has received information from the Scottish Government showing that a total of over 1,400 elderly people in Dundee have been emergency hospital admissions as a result of a fall over the latest three years.( 2005-08)

In 2005-06, the number was 465, rising in 2006-07 to 502 and rising again slightly in 2007-08 to 507.

For individual communities in Dundee, the numbers read :

West End ( Westend, Logie and Blackness, Perth Road, Balgay ) 198

Broughty Ferry ( Broughty Ferry West , Broughty Ferry East, West Ferry, Barnhill ) 245

Lochee ( Lochee, Menzieshill, Charleston ) 163

Kirkton, Downfield Ardler and St. Mary’s ( Kirkton, Ardler Downfield and St. Mary’s ) 130

Hilltown ( Hilltown ) 74

Douglas ( Douglas) 86

Whitfield ( Whitfield) 22

Fintry ( Fintry ) 41

Ms. Glen contacted NHS Tayside after a Parliamentary question revealed that the three Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) in Tayside - Dundee , Perth and Kinross, and Angus did not have a combined falls prevention and bone health strategy in place, but "were developing a strategy"

In reply, NHS Tayside Chair, Sandy Watson, said that a review of its draft strategy should be completed by the end of this month.

He told Ms. Glen,

" Each Community Health Partnership has " a nominated lead for falls prevention and an associated action plan"

"Perth and Kinross CHP has a designated Falls Co-ordinator, " he told Ms. Glen "Angus and Dundee CHPs have multidisciplinary /multiagency groups leading on the falls prevention work.

"A Tayside-wide group have developed a draft document but are currently reviewing this to define specific commissioning statements and associated action plans.

"This should be completed by the end of November 2009"

Ms. Glen said,

"The Falls Prevention and Bone Strategy seeks to reintegrate back into the community elderly people who have fallen and to minimise the occurence of further falls through exercise and improvements in bone health."

"Falls in the home, resulting from factors such as poorer vision, lesser mobility and conditions such as osteoporosis, can contribute to injuries that might have been prevented.

"Elderly people can suffer consequences that are both physical such as fractures and hypothermia, and psychological , such as loss of dignity and independence."

Parliamentary Question tabled by Marlyn Glen on this matter

 

Health

Marlyn Glen : To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) number and (b) rate of hospital admissions has been of people aged 65 and over in Dundee as a result of falls in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by intermediate geographical zone.

Nicola Sturgeon: The number of emergency admissions into acute hospital care due to a fall for residents of Dundee City council areas aged 65 and over is shown in the following table.

Number of hospital admissions due to fall in Dundee City council area, by intermediate geographical zone, for patients aged 65+, for financial years of discharge 2005-06 to 2007-08.

Intermediate Geographical Zone Number of Hospital Admissions Rate Per 1,000 Population1
  2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
S02000199 Perth Road

7

6

6

17.9

15.2

15.3

S02000200 Westend

24

14

17

24.6

14.7

17.5

S02000201 City Centre

6

9

17

11.6

17.6

33.3

S02000202 Logie and Blackness

21

35

25

22.9

38.2

27.9

S02000203 Docks and Wellgate

17

15

18

26.1

23.8

29.0

S02000204 Balgay

13

20

10

13.6

20.7

10.4

S02000205 Menzieshill

18

16

16

19.1

17.5

18.2

S02000206 Broughty Ferry West

27

34

30

20.1

25.6

22.1

S02000207 Craigie and Craigiebank

31

28

29

21.6

19.9

21.3

S02000208 Stobswell

13

10

6

26.4

20.4

12.3

S02000209 Law

22

22

24

18.7

18.6

20.3

S02000210 West Ferry

14

19

19

14.7

19.6

19.8

S02000211 Hilltown

19

27

28

17.2

24.8

25.9

S02000212 Barnhill

16

20

26

13.8

16.5

20.5

S02000213 Broughty Ferry East

11

13

16

12.7

14.7

17.7

S02000214 Lochee

23

21

33

18.1

16.8

27.2

S02000215 Baxter Park

10

6

7

18.1

10.9

12.6

S02000216 Charleston

16

18

9

20.3

23.8

12.2

S02000217 The Glens

18

14

28

16.5

12.8

26.5

S02000218 Douglas East

13

17

12

18.5

25.3

17.9

S02000219 Fairmuir

18

23

15

16.4

21.4

13.6

S02000220 Western Edge

6

6

10

18.0

17.8

27.2

S02000221 Linlathen and Midcraigie

10

20

22

14.2

29.5

32.2

S02000222 Douglas West

14

18

12

18.4

24.0

16.3

S02000223 Caird Park

6

4

3

12.9

8.6

6.4

S02000224 West Pitkerro

8

4

3

25.7

12.0

8.4

S02000225 Ardler and St Marys

29

17

20

31.4

17.4

20.0

S02000226 Whitfield

5

9

8

8.0

14.2

12.2

S02000227 Downfield

10

12

16

10.6

12.6

16.3

S02000228 Kirkton

10

7

9

22.5

15.4

19.0

S02000229 Fintry

10

18

13

12.8

22.9

16.3

Dundee City

465

502

507

18.1

19.6

19.0

Source: ISD Scotland (SMR01).

 

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