What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones lose strength. This makes you more likely to break a bone after a minor bump or fall. If you are over 50 years old and have sustained a fracture from a fall from standing height then you should have an assessment for osteoporosis.

How do I find out more?

The Royal Osteoporosis Society has more information about osteoporosis, you can read this here.

The Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) is used to evaluate risk of fragility fractures. You can read more about this here.

How do I have an assessment?

If you are a Brighton and Hove resident with a Brighton and Hove GP, the Virtual Fracture Clinic will refer you to the Falls and Fracture Prevention Service. This team will contact you 8-12 weeks after your injury. Their contact details are:

Falls & Fracture Prevention Service

Briggs Unit

Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove


01273 265574

If your address and GP are outside of Brighton and Hove, the Virtual Fracture Clinic will write to your GP and request that they complete a bone health assessment. We recommend that you make an appointment with your GP to discuss this.

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