Fall injury rates are among UK’s highest

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HOSPITAL admissions for fall injuries in St Helens are significantly above the national average, figures released this week reveal.

The statistics - compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre - show that 123 per 10,000 residents in Halton and St Helens have been admitted to hospital in the last year, a total of more than 3,500.

The national average for admissions per 10,000 stands at 76.4 with the North West only second to the North East in terms of regions with highest rate of hospital admissions.

However, the number of incidents in St Helens has reduced since the year before with more than 3,900 in 2011/12 at a rate of 136 per 10,000.

Females aged 80 and over were the most frequent fallers with 983 incidents in St Helens last year, compared to 367 males in the same age category.

Borough health chiefs says they are putting in measures in place to help those who are vulnerable or at risk with elderly residents the most frequent fallers.

A St Helens Council spokesman said: “We take the issue extremely seriously and in 2012-13 alone, our Home Improvement Agency – which helps people remain independent in their own homes - carried out nearly 2,500 falls prevention ‘interventions’ around the borough.

“We are working hard to reduce the risk of falls in the home. Our interventions ranged from fitting aids and adaptations - such as grab rails – to the installation of sophisticated falls monitors, which help people to quickly summon help from our Careline service.

“Our Affordable Warmth team is also a key element in the drive to keep elderly people safe around the home.”