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Galway University Hospitals’ Free Public Information Evening on Bone Health

The Orthopaedic and Rheumatology departments at Galway University Hospitals are holding a free public information evening on bone health – “Looking after your bone health, what you need to know” - on Wednesday 27 November from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Salthill Hotel, Galway.
The topics which will be covered focus on conditions that can affect bone health and include “Osteoarthritis - Prevention and Treatment”; “Prevention of Falls at Home”; and “Osteoporosis – Risk Factors and Prevention”. Following the presentations, time will be dedicated to a question and answer session which will allow people with concerns about any of the topics, to ask individual questions.
Mr William Curtin, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and one of the speakers on the evening says, “As people are living longer they are more likely to attend their family doctor with bone health issues; it has been estimated that 30% of all GP referrals in patients over 70 years are for musculoskeletal symptoms. This seminar touches on current orthopaedic and rheumatology practice in several common clinical conditions, that should be of general interest to all”.
Dr John Carey, Consultant Rheumatologist who is also speaking at the information evening says, “Osteoporosis is a huge public health problem and a greater risk for postmenopausal women than their combined risk of cardiovascular disease and invasive breast cancer. One in three men and one in four women will die within a year of a hip fracture. Many others will require long term care. Many fractures are preventable.
“This meeting will present information to people who are concerned about osteoporosis, so they can learn how to prevent, diagnose and manage this condition”.
The information evening is free to attend and all are welcome.
The full timetable is as follows:

  •  7.30pm: Introduction - Bone Health: A Global Issue, by Dr John Carey, Consultant Rheumatologist
  •  7.45pm: Osteoarthritis - Prevention and Treatment, by Mr William Curtin, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  •  8.00pm: Fracture Treatment, by Mr Ken Kaar, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  •  8.15pm:  Prevention of Falls at Home, by Miriam Flatley and Fiona McCleane Physiotherapy Department, Galway PCCC
  •  8.30 pm: Osteoporosis - Risk Factors and Prevention, by Mary Langan, Osteoporosis Clinical Nurse Specialist
  •  8.45pm: Osteoporosis - Current Trends, by Dr Miriam Delaney, Consultant Endocrinologist/Metabolic Bone Specialist
  •  9pm - 9.30pm: Questions and Answers