Therapy led service offering multi-factorial assessments for people that have fallen or are at high risk of falling.
We offer one-to-one assessments with a qualified therapist (Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist) which take approximately 1.5 hours. The therapist will look at strength, balance and the potential causes of falls.
At the end of the assessment a care plan will be formulated depending upon your individual need. This may include:-
– Falls prevention education and advice
– Tailored home exercise programme
– Postural stability exercise groups (*assessment required with therapist)
– Home hazard assessments
– Further investigation of unexplained falls
– Onward referrals or signposting to other services
– Recommendations to community exercise groups
The current average waiting time for the Falls service is 3.8 weeks.
Who this service is for?
– If you have fallen and you do not know why you are falling
– If you fall frequently
– If you’re worried about falling and this is stopping you carrying out your everyday activities
Using this service
Your GP or healthcare professional will be able to refer you to our service using the Falls Referral Form.
In order for us to manage your referral effectively, we require some information about how recently you have fallen and how often you have been falling. We would also like to know how worried you are about falling. The questionnaire below may help you to think about this.
We will sometimes re-direct you to a more appropriate team when we triage your referral. For example, to the Community Team; this is to ensure that you are being seen by the right person at the right time.
We offer therapy clinic appointments in locations across the borough (see the bottom of the page for clinic locations and times). For those that are housebound, we are able to arrange a home visit.
Additional ‘vestibular’ clinics are run on a required basis.
We will send you notification of your appointment in the post.
Cancelling an appointment: please give us as much notice as possible if you need to cancel your appointment, in order for us to be able to offer this appointment to somebody else.
These short videos have been created to help you with your exercises. You can watch them as many times as you like to help improve your technique. Your therapist will have selected exercises for you so please only do the exercises suggested for you.
Please ensure that before doing any of the exercises that you have watched the introduction and safety videos.
Posture and Circulation
Getting down onto and up from the floor
Other services that we sometimes link with or refer to that you may find useful:
Age UK Bromley and Greenwich
NHS Choices Falls prevention
Leaflets for patients:
Falls and Fracture Prevention Service
Leaflets for professionals:
Referral form for health and social care professionals (Non GP)
Patients can be referred via the form for Health care professionals on EMIS.
Service Lead: Katherine Rowland