Metabolic Bone Unit / Oxfordshire Osteoporosis Service
Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) is a common condition affecting 50% of women and 20% of men over the age of 55 years. In Oxfordshire alone there are over 22,000 women with osteoporosis, with around 800 hip fractures each year.
The Metabolic Bone Unit/Oxfordshire Osteoporosis Service at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) provides a general metabolic bone clinic with the services of an endocrinologist, rheumatologist and nurse specialists;
The Oxfordshire Osteoporosis Service at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre also serves as a countywide hub for osteoporosis care in the community. Peripheral clinics are held in key primary locations.
The Oxfordshire Osteoporosis Service provides:
- A general metabolic bone clinic with the services of an endocrinologist, rheumatologist and nurse / radiographer specialists, falls specialist and dietitian
- A screening/investigation nurse led clinic for osteoporosis
- Bone Densitometry (bone scanning) with appropriate reporting and management advice
- A Fracture Liaison Service to treat patients with osteoporatic fractures
- Peripheral outreach osteoporosis clinics in Abingdon and Witney community hospitals
- A telephone help-line for both health professionals and patients.
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