National Osteoporosis Society
The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK wide charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The charity was established in 1986 and has since grown into a well respected national charity with approximately 25,000 members and over 50 members of staff.
Their vision is a future without fragility fractures, and in order to achieve this vision their mission will be to:
- Improve public awareness and understanding of osteoporosis.
- Influence health and social care provision to achieve excellence in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis to prevent fragility fractures.
- Provide caring support and information to enable people affected by osteoporosis to make a positive difference to their lives.
- A team of eight nurses is on hand every weekday between 9:00am and 5:00pm to answer medical queries relating to osteoporosis. They can be contacted by phone, e-mail or post and also welcome enquiries from healthcare professionals.
- Information is often the first thing people would like to access when they are first diagnosed with osteoporosis. Their website provides an excellent source of information and advice on all aspects of the fragile bone disease.
- The charity also produce a range of booklets which are free to download from their website or order from their online shop. Alternatively, if you would like to receive an information pack by post then e-mail them.
Local Support Groups:
- The charity has a UK wide network of around 100 support groups which meet on a regular basis to offer support to sufferers of osteoporosis.
- A key part of the charity's work is to encourage the UK's national and developed governments and health and social care services to resource and deliver appropriate services to prevent and treat broken bones. Visit the Influencing Change section of their website to find out more about this important element of their work.
- In order to increase understanding of the disease and improve treatment options and patient care, the National Osteoporosis Society invests strongly in research into osteoporosis. The charities research grants programme has helped to fund a variety of projects.
Subscriptions: For more information on how to support the charity, including membership, see website.
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