Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride recently attended an Evening Receptionto mark the 25th anniversary of the National Osteoporosis Society.
Linda said “It was an honour to be with all the hard-working folk who have worked tirelessly over the past 25 years raising awareness and supporting people with osteoporosis.”
TheReception, which was held in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament was organised to allow the National Osteoporosis Society to say a very big thank you to all of the MSPs, officials, health professionals, members and dedicated volunteers who have supported the Charity in Scotland since it began in 1986.
ProfessorDavid Reid, Chair of the National Osteoporosis Society paid tribute to everyone who has contributed significant time to supporting their work in Scotland and highlighted the huge progress which has been made in service provision, especially in the last few years. Professor Reid described how all mainland health board areas now have at least one DXA scanner available locally, and explained that almost 80% of the Scottish population now have access to a Fracture Liaison Service. A network of osteoporosis specialist nurses work together with the Charity’s staff in Scotland providing information and support to help people who have newly diagnosed with osteoporosis to manage better.
The National Osteoporosis Society’s Development Manager for Scotland,Anne Simpsonexpressed her gratitude to everyone who has helped the charity “This evening’s reception is really to say a very big thank you to everyone who has helped the National Osteoporosis Society since our humble beginnings in 1986.
“In those 25 years, knowledge of osteoporosis has improved immeasurably and more people than ever before are being diagnosed and treated with a growing number of treatments. I would also like to thank all of our MSPs for their strong and consistent support in Parliament, both at constituency and national level.”
A system of support groups and volunteers throughout Scotland provides ongoing local support and the latest information across a range of bone related subjects, including drug treatments, nutrition, bone health and local and national policy. The Glasgow Support Group, who have been meeting monthly for over 23 years, are the longest serving group in the UK.
To date this year alone, nearly 1000 people have attended events organised by the National Osteoporosis Society in Scotland. Since the National Osteoporosis Society was first established, well over 100 awareness, information and support events have taken place throughout the country to raise awareness of the disease from Lerwick to Kelso and Stranraer.
- The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
- In the UK, 1 in 2 women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone mainly because of poor bone health.
- 250,000 people are at risk of osteoporosis in Scotland.
- The risk of developing osteoporosis can be reduced by taking plenty of weight bearing exercise and eating a healthy, balanced calcium rich diet throughout life.
- The National Osteoporosis Society is calling for Fracture Liaison Services (FLSs) to be linked to every hospital that receives fragility fractures in the UK, to ensure that every fragility fracture patient gets the treatment and care they need.
- Glasgow has had a city-wide FLS since 2002, which operates in conjunction with a falls prevention service; the FLS was expanded to include the neighbouring Clyde region in 2009; studies on hip fracture incidence in the Greater Glasgow area show that between 1998 and 2008, the number of recorded hip fractures decreased by 7.3%.
- The UK Department of Health estimates that an FLS serving a population of approximately 320,000 people will prevent 33 fragility fractures over a five-year period.
- FLSs also save public money in local communities; over a five-year period, an FLS will cost £234,181 to set up and maintain; in the same period, it will save £290,708 in treatment and care costs from averted fractures; this represents a net saving of £56,527.