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Royal College of Physicians - Fracture Liaison Service Database: Commissioner's Report 2019

The report explains what an FLS is and how FLSs could help CCGs not only reduce the number and cost of unplanned admissions but also make a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality for older people. It finds that there are significantly fewer FLSs available for older people in some parts of England and Wales than others, with an estimated 54,000 preventable life-altering fractures occuring over the course of the next five years as a result.

NHS can save millions by preventing broken bones

More than 50,000 life-altering fractures could be avoided if preventative services were made available more widely, according to a new report released today from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

The Fracture Liaison Service Database: Commissioner's report 2019 shows that there are significantly fewer fracture liaison services (FLSs) available for older patients in some parts of England and Wales than others, with 54,000 preventable life-altering fractures estimated to occur over the course of the next 5 years as a result.

The RCP has written to NHS clinical commissioning groups calling for them to take action to ensure FLSs are available in their local areas.

An FLS is an NHS service providing effective preventative care for patients who sustain a ‘fragility fracture’ – a fall from a standing height or less that results in a fracture, such as a hip fracture. FLSs investigate and treat patients to reduce the risk of future fractures.

Providing prevention of fragility fractures services costs around £640,000 over 5 years but saves the NHS and social care £2.1 million – a net benefit of £1.46 million.

Read the full report here

Source : Royal College of Physicians 29th March 2019

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