THE work being done in Huddersfield caring for people who suffer a fall has been praised.
Three top health experts from the Royal College of Physicians in London visited the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to see the nationally-acclaimed Falls Services team for themselves.
Anil Seiger, Janet Husk and Michelle Spencer-Williams spoke to staff, saw how elderly patients are assessed for their falls risk and the range of services they receive.
These include back-up support after a fall from dieticians, audiologists, optometrists and physiotherapists to help prevent a further fall.
The Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital, which care for more than 5,000 falls patients a year, were placed in the top 25% of hospitals in the country for their performance
Associate nurse consultant care of older people Claire Rasakumaran said: "We were delighted to welcome the visitors to show them how we treat our patients both in hospital and the support which involves a range of experts."
Anil Seiger, the Royal College's clinical effectiveness and evaluation unit manager, said: "The trust is doing well in this expertise and we wanted to understand why they are so successful. It is a model that other hospitals in the country could be following."
Janet Husk, Royal College falls and bone health manager, said: "The trust is one of the best performers and our visit was in recognition of that."