Fund for specialist nurse practitioner started with a Ball
EACH year over
310,000 patients will present to health care services in the UK with
a fragility fracture. The majority of these fractures occur in the
wrist, spine, ankle and hip and usually occur with minimal force. In
the elderly population this is commonly due to osteoporosis, which
is thinning of the bones. This number is on the increase with the
annual number of hip fractures set to double by 2050.
Osteoporosis is the most common preventable bone disease in the UK
and is on the rise as people live longer. However, like many
conditions it requires a combination of hospital services and
community support to effectively manage it. Patients admitted to
hospital with fractures require help from a multidisciplinary team
including orthopaedic surgeons, nursing staff, physiotherapists,
occupational therapists and orthogeriatric specialists.
Preventing further fractures is a key goal for today's health care
services and synchronisation of these services by a designated
liaison person, such as a specialist osteoporosis nurse, would
drastically improve patient outcomes and prevent further injuries.
With this in mind the £1,300 raised at last year's annual
Orthopaedic Ball hosted by staff at the Hospital has been presented
to the hospital with the aim of starting a fund to employ an
osteoporosis nurse practitioner in the future.
Mr George Ampat, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon said:- "This
may only be a drop in the ocean but it is a start and our efforts
community has a greater proportion of elderly citizens and the
presence of a specialist nurse practitioner would enhance the
current service we can offer at the hospital. There are not
only health consequences of fragility fractures, but also social and
economic ones. These are often elderly patients with co-existing
medical problems which can lead to a prolonged hospital stay and a
permanent reduction in mobility, confidence and therefore
billion is spent in the UK per year on medical and social costs
relating mostly to hip fractures. It is an unfortunate fact that 10%
of patients admitted to hospital with a hip fracture die within one
month and another 20% within the year. Anything that can be done to
reduce this number through prevention has to be looked at and I
believe the provision of an osteoporosis nurse practitioner will
ultimately save the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds.
I would like to
thank everyone who helped organise the ball and all who have
contributed to this cause."
This years Orthopaedic Ball will be held on Friday, 11 September
2009 at Formby Hall Golf Course. Funds raised from that Ball
will also be used for this cause.
National Championships come to town – will you be the local hero?
amateur horse riders – you have the chance to take part in a
revolutionary new National Championship series, with qualifiers
taking place locally and across the country.
Royal Windsor Horse Show, the most prestigious and largest outdoor
equestrian show in the UK, has launched a brand new Open
Unaffiliated Jumping and Dressage Championships, for both junior and
senior riders. The Championships are held in conjunction with
British Riding Clubs and sponsored by AmTrust Equine Insurance.
British Riding Clubs across the UK will be holding qualifiers over
the next few months, allowing a truly unique opportunity for any
rider at grass-roots level to qualify for the Finals which will be
held during the Royal Windsor Horse Show that runs over 13 May 2009
to 17 May 2009. The show is
held at the iconic Windsor Castle in Her Majesty The Queen’s private
To add even more excitement to the experience, the 6 winners of the
Championships – named the AmTrust Equine RWHS Unaffiliated
Championships - will be invited back to Windsor in August for the
Alltech FEI European Jumping and Dressage Championships 2009, to
collect their trophies in front of a capacity crowd.
Full terms and conditions of the Championship and details of which
clubs are hosting qualifiers will shortly be available at
So what are you waiting for? Make sure you take a look and see if
your local riding club is taking part – and if not get on the phone
to them to make sure they do! You could be one of the finalists
riding at Windsor with all the greats!