Thousands pledged to tackle impact of falls on people in Midlothian

Health bosses have pledged £55,000 towards tackling the impact of falls on people living in Midlothian.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 3:11 pm
Stock shot of pensioner, by John Devlin.

The move comes after it was revealed that the Scottish Ambulance Service was called out to 784 falls in the space of a year in Midlothian

Midlothian Integration Joint Board (IJB) has now issued a direction to NHS Lothian and Midlothian Council on falls which will ensure the issue is given priority, using £55,000 from the existing health and social care partnership budget to set-up a system to collect information of fall reports.

The new direction, approved last week, states: “There is a shared vision in Midlothian where more people live a life free from fear, harm, disability and social isolation from falls.”

At a meeting of the IJB in February, members called for the additional action after they were told about the current prevention strategy and number of incidents reported.

The overall aim of the direction is to reduce the number of falls and identify people who might be most at risk, as well as looking at streets and pavements where the most vulnerable live.