Slipper scheme at Larbert hospital

Nurse Cheril Bretenoux, Bob Ness and patient Margaret Rankin
Nurse Cheril Bretenoux, Bob Ness and patient Margaret Rankin

Older patients in Forth Valley Royal Hospital should be safer during their stays thanks to a special group of friends.

To help stop pensioners from falling when they are receiving treatment, Friends of Forth Valley Royal Hospital has splashed out £1500 to buy 240 pairs of slippers to support the health board’s falls prevention programme in a pilot project.

The group’s chairman Bob Ness said: “Our policy is concentrated on helping older people throughout the hospital. We noticed that some elderly patients were coming into wards with slippers that had slippery soles and could be dangerous.

“The ones we have chosen are comfortable but have soles with an excellent grip. The Friends are delighted to be able to help with this important approach which could be extended if proved successful.”

NHS Forth Valley old people’s consultant Lesley Yarrow said: “There is strong evidence to suggest that ill-fitting footwear or footwear in poor condition can contribute to falls in older people.

“Lack of suitable footwear can result in longer periods of immobility while in hospital and this can make rehabilitation more difficult as well as the older person losing confidence.

“With this in mind we wanted to offer suitable footwear to patients who could not otherwise access their own.”

The scheme is being rolled out in four wards.