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We are working closely with the East of England Ambulance Service, Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust and the area’s care homes to increase the number of people being referred to us who are at risk of falls. In 2011/12, our service received almost 5,000 referrals and we estimate our work not only saved an awful lot of patient suffering, but saved the NHS at least £1.7 million by reducing the number of hip fracture operations resulting from falls. The number of ambulance call-outs across North East Essex to people in the 65-plus group living in their own homes with falls has dropped from 277 in April 2011 to 116 in December 2012”.
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