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Community Falls Prevention Exercise Team

A Community based Physiotherapy Lead Falls Prevention exercise Class serving the population of Portsmouth with a Portsmouth registered GP practice.

Referral Criteria

Via a Health Proffesional GP / Nurse / Physiotherapist  or via Single Point of Access (SPA)

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Contact Information

Contact Falls Prevention Exercise Team
Phone 0300 123 3995
Address Turner Centre, St James Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 8LD

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Additional Information for Health Professional

Full service description

What we do?

The falls prevention programme offers exercise, advice and information aimed at improving your mobility, balance and independence. The exercises can increase your confidence in your day to day activities and help prevent you from falling in the future.

Exercises range from being chair based to standing work. The focus is on improving your strength and balance. We also encourage general levels of health and make it fun in the process. We also show you how to get up from the floor if you do fall over.

Although you will be exercising as part of a group the service will be tailored to your individual goals and needs. The classes are run by two physiotherapy associate practitioners.

How can the falls exercise team help you?

If you have had a fall, unsteady on your feet or afraid that you may fall over then we may be able to help you. We offer classes with various levels of ability and we aim to improve your balance, mobility and confidence.

How long do the courses run?

We run two different levels of exercise groups. You will need an assessment for us to see what class would be best for you. One class runs once a week for 24 weeks and the other class runs twice a week for 12 weeks.

Where do we do the courses?

We are based at the Turner Centre at St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth. We also hold exercise groups at various locations across the city. The groups are run on a rolling start so as soon as a space becomes available the next person will be offered a place. Our waiting times vary between two and six weeks depending on which class you are going to. We try and offer places close to your home and we can provide hospital transport if needed. Please be aware that if you use hospital transport you may be on the bus for an hour or so while other people are collected or dropped off.

How do you get referred?

If you are already being seen by a physiotherapist then have a chat with them. Alternatively, contact your GP and ask if they would refer you for an assessment. There is no cost for attending these classes or for using hospital transport.Once you have been referred a member of the Falls Prevention Exercise Team will contact you by telephone to offer you a date and time for an assessment.

What happens at the assessment?

The assessment can be done at your home or at one of the venues for the classes. The assessment involves a chat about any falls you may have had and your relevant medical history. We will then undertake some simple balance tasks to see what level of exercise would be best for you.

Referral Criteria

Via a Health Proffesional GP / Nurse / Physiotherapist  or via Single Point of Access (SPA)

Referral Method

Single Point of Access (SPA)

Clinical Lead Contact Info

Clinical Lead Gemma Smith
Clinical Lead Title Physiotherapist
Clinical Lead Phone 0300 300 2012
Clinical Lead Address Turner Centre St James' Hospital Locksway Road Portsmouth Hants
Clinical Lead Postcode PO4 8LD
Clinical Lead e-mail

Service Manager Contact Info

Service Manager Tim Hodgetts
Service Manager Title Operations Manager - Adults Portsmouth
Service Manager Phone 023 92 683425
Service Manager Address Management Team 3rd Floor Civic Offices Portsmouth
Service Manager Postcode PO1 2GJ
Service Manager e-mail
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