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​Lewisham Falls Awareness Day

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Lewisham Community Falls Service (CFS), established in 2017, promotes active ageing and falls awareness with the aim of preventing falls and harm from falls in older adults.  They undertake home visits to identify and address falls risk factors and run a number of strength and balance classes in the community.  Within Lewisham the service is part of a wider group of services who input into falls prevention and healthy and active aging.

On 8 November many of these teams came together for the first Lewisham Falls Awareness Day, held in the Civic Suite, Catford. The event was a big success, with more than 250 visitors. The programme offered a selection of interactions, from strength and balance exercises, fitness tests and information stalls, to diabetes advice, blood pressure checks and podiatry information.

Vicky Shaw, Clinical Lead for Community Falls Service, Lewisham and Greenwich Trust, said: "The response to the event was tremendous with teams from health and social care, hospital and community, physical and mental health and the statutory and voluntary sector all coming together to offer support and advice around falls, exercise and healthy aging.  We received great feedback and hope to continue to run the event on an annual basis."

"We were pleased to support the Falls team on this fantastic event," said Teresa Rodriguez, Engagement Officer at Lewisham CCG. "The selection of activities made the day very interactive. Visitors followed practical exercises and watched a selection of videos to keep safe and active, including information on medication by the Lewisham Integrated Medicines Optimisation Service (LIMOS).  For us it was a great opportunity to offer health information and signpost residents to Lewisham services." 

More information and learning from the day is available here. 

For additional information please contact the Community Falls Service at lg.lewishamfallsservice@nhs.net