Falls in hospitals

If you are in hospital you should let staff know if you are at risk of falling over.

You should tell them any of the following:

  • if you have fallen over in the last year
  • if you feel unsteady or weak
  • if you have sore feet
  • if you have problems with your eyesight or hearing
  • if you are incontinent 
  • if you get dizzy or feel confused.

Preventing falls

If staff have said you need help when moving, use your call bell and wait for staff to arrive. 

Take your time getting up from sitting or lying down, especially after getting up from the toilet.

Look out for dangers such as fluids or water on the floor and tell staff straight away.

You should also do all of the following:

  • wear comfortable clothing that is not too long or loose
  • wear shoes - for the best support choose shoes that have covered toes and fit around your heels
  • if you are wearing white hospital stockings you should wear non-slip shoes or socks
  • use your walking stick or walking frame rather than holding onto furniture or walls
  • wear your appropriate glasses or hearing aid
  • drink plenty of fluids.

If you fall over don't panic. Call for help and wait for staff to help you.

Find out more about preventing falls.

Last updated: 27 June 2017