We have started work with a pharmacist called Lewis Sutherland on a bone health project. The project will be pro-actively identifying people who may be at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become less dense and are more likely to break when exposed to force e.g. with a fall, with the main concern being hip fractures. Osteoporosis is symptomless, and is diagnosed with either a bone density scan (DEXA scan) or following a fracture. Lewis will contact people who may be at risk of developing osteoporosis to discuss going for a bone density (DEXA) scan at Wansbeck of North Tyneside hospital as a “check-up” for their bones. If the DEXA scan shows osteoporosis, Lewis will discuss potential treatment options. More information about osteoporosis can be found on the www.patient.co.uk web-site.