Controversial dementia tests

Elderly fracture patients at Southampton General Hospital are to be checked for early signs of dementia.

Hospital to check fracture patients for dementia

Doctors at Southampton General Hospital are to check elderly patients who break their wrists for early signs of dementia to try to prevent them going on to fracture their hips.

40% of all hip fractures in the UK happen to those with the condition.

As well as treatment for broken wrists, arms and shoulders, patients are given a basic physical and mental assessment to find out why they are falling to minimise their future risk and prevent the more serious fractures of the hips or spine.