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The right steps to stay upright as cold blows in

FESTIVE frosty weather has arrived, transforming Solihull into a picturesque winter wonderland most mornings.

FESTIVE frosty weather has arrived, transforming Solihull into a picturesque winter wonderland most mornings.

But as the temperature drops the likelihood of taking a tumble rises, so Solihull Hospital is advising Sihillians to take extra care this winter.

Slips and falls are the most frequent type of accident in the over 65s and can also be the most serious, being one of the leading causes of death among people over 75.

However don’t panic - Bridget Leach, falls prevention nurse specialist at the hospital says: “We do see an increase in falls at this time of year which require a hospital visit; however falls needn’t be an inevitable part of getting older.

“I’d encourage everyone to think about family and friends who may be susceptible to slips, and talk over the potential risks with them.

“Just a few simple steps can help them stay safe and reduce the chance of them suffering a fall this winter.”

There are many reasons why falls occur, and as such you should report any falls you’ve had to your GP or practice nurse who will be able to refer you to the Falls Clinic at Solihull Hospital.

“The team also regularly provides education classes on fall prevention.

 

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