The fracture clinic gathered last week to unveil the departments Christmas tree and officially let the Christmas celebrations begin!
The tree for many years has been used as the symbol for trauma and orthopaedics, and the department along with representatives from the National Osteoporosis Support Group gathered last week to switch the Christmas tree’s lights on.
Colin Beevor, Matron, explained: “The tree arch depicts on the left hand side strong health bones and as we move across the top to the right side of the tree arch, we see thin and weaker bone related to osteoporosis. We are proud to continue to raise awareness of bone health and osteoporosis.”
People with osteoporosis are more likely to break a bone after a simple fall, lifting a heavy object or moving in a way that twists the spine. It is therefore not a surprise to know that in the UK, there are an estimated 500,000 new fragility fractures each year; that’s one every minute.
The human cost of osteoporosis as we grow older with a risk of further fracture is pain, disability, social isolation and loss of independence. QA’s team of Fracture Liaison Nurses may be the first point of contact for a patient over the age of 50 who has had a fragility fracture a fracture to discuss bone health and osteoporosis.
Jenny Kynes, Senior Lead Nurse, added: “I am really proud of our team, thinking of innovative way of using traditional Christmas decorations to raise awareness of osteoporosis.”
For more information about osteoporosis and bone health, visit https://nos.org.uk/ or contact the National Osteoporosis Society E:firstname.lastname@example.org or T:0808 800 0035.