Appropriate footwear is an important component to prevent people falling generally, but especially so around the hospital. We are actively encouraging patients to bring and use their own footwear where appropriate. This decreases the risk of slips and falls when staying here. Shoe features such as grip, structure, and support are identified as important things to consider when thinking about suitable footwear. In some circumstances we will issue yellow or red non-slip socks to patients who are especially vulnerable to falling. However these need to be suitable fitting. If you are a relative or visitor of someone staying in the hospital, be mindful that it might be worth bringing some of their own footwear in as they are being admitted or when you visit. Ultimately, patients will value the comfort and familiarity of their own footwear. NB: if a patient has swollen or injured feet – we can refer them to the orthotics.