Fracture Liaison Service's (FLS) are a proven way of preventing people from future breaks as a result of osteoporosis. By working with the hospital and GPs, FLS specialist nurses are able to identify people at risk of osteoporosis, invite them for an assessment and refer them for help where necessary.
This service will help reduce the burden of fracture injuries on the NHS, as an estimated £2.3 billion is spent annually on hip fractures, which account for over two million hospital bed days – more than the number of bed days for heart attacks and strokes combined.
Once an individual suffers a fracture they are at a greater risk of further breaks, a first fracture is therefore the key point for assessment and treatment. If every individual over 50 who breaks a bone is identified and treated by an FLS, 22,250 hip fractures a year could be prevented.
 Liberating the NHS: Transparency in outcomes-a framework for the NHS. Department of Health. 19.7.2010: p.31 -fig 6.
 McLellan AR, Reid DM, Forbes K et al. NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. Effectiveness of Strategies for the Secondary Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures in Scotland. 2004.