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Throne project reducing falls in Colchester’s hospitals’ toilets gets national recognition

Falls prevention nurse Carrie Tyler assesses a Throne Project approved toilet in Easthorpe Ward in the Gainsborough Wing at Colchester General Hospital. The pull cord includes a handle at the end so that it can be used if a patient collapses and is on the floor.

Falls prevention nurse Carrie Tyler assesses a Throne Project approved toilet in Easthorpe Ward in the Gainsborough Wing at Colchester General Hospital. The pull cord includes a handle at the end so that it can be used if a patient collapses and is on the floor.

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A nurse from Colchester has been invited to speak at a national conference about a scheme to reduce falls in hospital toilets.

Falls prevention nurse Carrie Tyler, along with occupational therapists Sarah Marsden and Laura Murton, introduced the Throne Project throughout the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (CHUFT).

Almost one in five of falls at CHUFT occurred in bathrooms, but since the project’s introduction in May 2013 the number has declined.

The main cause of falls were not slips or trips but patients being weak or dehydrated, having poor balance or low blood pressure.

As well as introducing constant medical reviews, the toilets were improved including with sensor lighting, updated emergency pull cords, special alarms so staff know when a patient has stood up when they have finished using the toilet and more hand rails.

Mrs Tyler has been invited to give a 30 minute presentation to the Falls Prevention & Management in Older People national conference in London next month.

She said: “I am really proud a project that began as a local initiative here in Colchester is being recognised nationwide as a way to reduce falls in toilets and bathrooms and the level of harm they cause.

“The Colchester Throne Project has already been initiated in hospitals in Essex, London, the West Midlands and the North East of England.”

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