Encouraging results from Bute falls project

The results of a ‘pathway project’ on Bute to support island residents at risk of falls and frailty in the home were unveiled at an event in Rothesay Pavilion recently.

Forty-five people attended and heard how the Scottish Ambulance Service and other local services and agencies such as NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council are working together to provide a speedy community response to prevent unneccesary hospital admissions.

Cath McLoone, team leader for older people, set the scene, and a comprehensive update on the work on Bute was provided by Colin Whiteford, area services manager of the Scottish Ambulance Service, and local paramedic Tony Kane. Christine McArthur, NHS Highland co-ordinator for the prevention and management of falls, said: “Giving the public the opportunity to discuss things face to face in detail with a mixture of different service providers and agencies was valued.

“Everyone felt that working together and getting viewpoints from others’ perspectives was an important feature of the event.

“One member of the public commented that ‘things are certainly moving forward in the right direction on Bute’ and the work of the Extended Community Care Team was praised.

“While acknowledging that there are still some gaps, working together could address these, and all participants were thanked for their valuable contribution.”

Similar events are planned for Dunoon and Helensburgh this summer based on the Bute pathfinder site.