THE cost of emergency hospital admissions connected to falls and fractures among older people in the North-East has been revealed.

An Academic Health Science Network for the North-East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) commissioned report found that in 2014 to 2015, there were 12,654 fall-related admissions in the North-East and North Cumbria, costing an estimated £84,973,249 to the region’s NHS.

The figures have been released by the AHSN NENC in a bid to raise awareness of preventable falls.

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The report also found that around a third of all people aged 65 and over have falls each year and five per cent of those will have fractures and receive treatment in hospital.

Professor Julia Newton, AHSN NENC's medical director, said: “There are lots of things older people can do to reduce their risk of suffering a fall, including replacing worn out shoes, clearing clutter, loose wires and rugs from around the house and seeing your optician for regular eye test."