IOF congratulates Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital (UK) for achieving gold-standard recognition for their exemplary Fracture Liaison Service (FLS). This FLS is just one of 208 FLS featured on the Capture the Fracture® (CTF) Map of Best Practice, with 79 gold, 73 silver, and 39 bronze standard FLS recognized to date.
The Musgrove Fracture Liaison Service assesses all patients over 50 who have sustained a fracture following a low trauma fall to check whether they have osteoporosis. The service, funded by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and is supported by the National Osteoporosis Society, has seen almost 2,000 patients since it was established in November 2015.
The FLS works closely with other departments at the hospital, such as the orthopaedics, fracture outpatient clinic and emergency departments, to identify fracture patients who could benefit from a bone health assessment. Following their assessment, patients are offered appropriate treatment and advice, such as making changes to their lifestyle and how best to manage long term conditions. They are also given two follow-up appointments in the next 12 months to check that their medication is still effective.
As reported in an article on www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk, Dr Tarun Solanki, care of the elderly consultant at Musgrove Park Hospital, said:
We are very pleased to have gained this gold standard as it shows that the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in Somerset patients is of the highest standard.
A lot of work has been done at the hospital to achieve this, including the development of a new system to identify fractures of the vertebrae during any X-Ray scan. While it is too early to show a reduction in the number of patients attending hospital with fractures, we do expect it to have an impact over the next 10 years. This month we also launched our first patient education session, and through this we have identified volunteers to establish an osteoporosis patient support group in Taunton.