Trips and falls prevention sees drop in ambulance call-outs

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FEWER people are at risk of falling thanks to a scheme developed in the North East.

In 2005, North East Ambulance Service was attending to hundreds of falls cases a month, taking away from valuable time seeing to emergency calls.

Now those numbers have dropped considerably due to the success of a scheme, developed with the help of falls specialists from Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Experts found that the group most at risk from falls was those who had fallen previously.

Individuals were identified and measures put in place to prevent them falling again.

The homes of people from this high risk group are visited by a specialist, who can make their environment safer, with improvements such as handrails are stairlifts to remove risk factors.