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If you are over 50 and have broken a bone after falling from standing height or less (known as a fragility fracture), this document is for you, your family and carers. It explains why people with fragility fractures are recommended treatment, why it is important to stay on treatment and where you can find further information.
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years. Reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet (especially Calcium), getting some sunshine (if you can!), taking some Vitamin D supplements from the pharmacy and getting some regular activity to keep your bones healthy. Sometimes you may be given some medication to strengthen your bones.
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NON-EMERGENCY: Take a look at our "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.