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Falls prevention

The Active and healthy ageing, falls prevention and assessment programme is a free HSE programme to help reduce the risk of falls in people aged 65 or over.

The programme is for any person aged 65 or over who is at risk of falling, or has had a fall in the past.

About the programme

it involves, firstly, meeting with a specialist Falls Nurse.

This will take approximately one and a half hours. The Falls Nurse will ask you about:

  • Any falls or times you have nearly fallen
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or drowsiness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Medications and medical history
  • Home environment and daily routine

Then we will make a plan with you which may include referring you to other services, if you require them, such as:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry (also known as Chiropody)
  • Continence Care (Healthy bladder and bowel service)

Three months after your Falls Clinic appointment the Falls Nurse will ring you so you can discuss your progress and any concerns you have.

Locations

Falls Clinics are held at 7 Community Hospitals in County Donegal:

The Sheil Hospital

Ballyshannon

071 985 1300

Carndonagh Community Hospital

Carndonagh

074 937 4164

Dungloe Community Hospital

Dungloe

074 952 1044

Killybegs Community Hospital

Killybegs

074 973 2044

Ramelton Community Hospital

Ramelton

074 915 1049

St Joseph’s Hospital

Stranorlar

074 918 9719

Donegal Community Hospital

Donegal Town

074 972 1019

Access

To access the programme, call Melissa Currid, Falls Prevention Co-ordinator on: 071 982 2776 or 086 010 6367.

Your GP, Practice Nurse, Public Health Nurse, or any other healthcare professional can refer you.

 

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