MP Visits Pioneering Broken Bones Service


MP Jim Shannon has visited Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn to see the work being done to help people suffering from the fragile bone disease, Osteoporosis. Mr Shannon recently attended a National Osteoporosis Society reception at Westminster and has pledged to raise issues for local people affected by the debilitating condition in the House of Commons.

The Fracture Liaison Service at Lagan Valley Hospital ensures people at risk of Osteoporosis are identified when they come into hospital with a fracture, sent for a scan and offered treatment to prevent them from suffering more broken bones.

Dr Rosemary Kelly, Consultant, Care of the Elderly said “People with Osteoporosis often go undiagnosed for years, breaking bone after bone without being treated. Fragility fractures can have a huge impact on their lives, causing long-term pain, reducing mobility and making people feel more isolated. Fracture Liaison Services are vital for preventing these fractures and saving the Health Service money”

Mr Shannon was given a presentation on the Fracture Liaison Service and then toured the unit, meeting doctors and nurses. He said “It was fantastic to visit the Lagan Valley Fracture Liaison Service and see at first hand the brilliant work they are doing to help the people affected by Osteoporosis. I was extremely impressed by the service.”

Dr Kelly thanked the National Osteoporosis Society for organising the visit. The Charity is working with the Health Service to develop top quality services across Northern Ireland. It is estimated that in excess of £10 million could be saved across Northern Ireland if everywhere had fully resourced FLS.

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Pictured above:  Staff from Lagan Valley Hospital with Jim Shannon, MP

Pictured L/R: Lorraine McConnell (Osteoporosis Nurse), Dr Rosemary Kelly (Consultant, Care of the Elderly), Jim Shannon, MP & Edel Rogan (Development Manager NI, National Osteoporosis Society)

Jim Shannon, MP with Lorraine McConnell (Osteoporosis Nurse), Dr Rosemary Kelly (Consultant, Care of the Elderly) & Edel Rogan (Development Manager NI, National Osteoporosis Society)