The spinal unit has an Osteoporosis Nurse to enhance the care and service delivery of patients presenting with osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Osteoporosis is a major public health concern which affects a large number of people. Vertebral fractures can be painful and debilitating for many sufferers. The aim of our service is to optimise bone health, prevent patients from having the misfortune of further fractures and to manage existing ones appropriately. The Osteoporosis Nurse practitioner, working closely with the Spinal Consultants, will be developing holistic management plans to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Identify patients presenting with vertebral fractures and assess their risk of osteoporosis
- Assess patients, identify possible causes for low bone mineral density and manage accordingly
- Health promotion
- Multidisciplinary team involvement
- Liaise with general practitioners to agree management plans
- Supply advice and support for patients
- Provide teaching and education for staff, students and patients
- Run nurse-led clinics
- Participate in outpatient consultations
- Be an advocate for patients
If you are affected by Osteoporosis visit www.nos.org.uk for further information.
If you have any questions about our osteoporosis service, you can contact our Osteoporosis Nurse Practitioner at: Nicola.Marsh@nuh.nhs.uk
Last updated: April 2017