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Direct Access DXA Service (DADS)


Direct Access DXA Service (DADS) is a service for GPs & AHPs, that provides routine assessment of fracture risk and for osteoporosis to men & women. Please note that referral for this service is shortly to be in an electronic form, however acceptance for referral will be based on criteria as set out in new DADS referral form, however we will accept paper referrals in the interim.

Click here to download DADS referral form 

DADS is effected by Osteoporosis Nurse Specialists (ONSs) who run a “one-stop” clinic at which DXA is performed, blood samples are taken (where appropriate) and treatment for secondaryfracture prevention is selected according to protocol (when necessary). In addition, education regarding osteoporosis andfracture prevention are provided. Patients are directed to exercise programmes appropriate to their level of functioning. DADS will also refer patients over 65 to the falls services where appropriate. The figure briefly summarises the elements of the care package provided by DADS.

All patients who are started on treatment to reduce their futurefracture risk are invited to attend an educational afternoon. This invitation is sent between 6 and 12 months of starting treatment. The aim is to empower patients through knowledge of osteoporosis and its management.


Who provides DADS in the different centres?



Contact Numbers

Inverclyde Royal Hospital

01475 504676

Royal Alexandra Hospital

 0141 314 7157

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

0141 211 4569

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

 0141 451 6097

Stobhill Hospital

 0141 355 1053 (Mondays only)

West Glasgow ACH

 0141 201 0103

Last Updated: 09 July 2020