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Governors Host Community Health Meeting Exploring the Management of Parkinson’s disease

12 May 2015 14:46:55

 The Governors of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting a Community Health Meeting about the management of Parkinson’s disease on 29 May 2015.

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which part of the brain becomes progressively damaged over many years due to the loss of nerve cells, which, in turn reduces the amount of a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is responsible for regulating movement amongst many other things.

A person living with Parkinson’s disease can experience a wide range of symptoms including, but not limited to; tremors, slow movement, stiff and inflexible muscles, tiredness, pain, depression, memory problems and insomnia.

It's thought that around one in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, it can affect people of all ages and there is currently no cure; although treatments such as physiotherapy and medication can help reduce the main symptoms and maintain quality of life for as long as possible. You should contact your GP if you are concerned that you may be experiencing any of the above symptoms.

At the meeting on 29 May 2015, Trust Consultant Dr B K Mondal, will discuss the management of Parkinson’s disease. He will be joined by the Trust’s Lead Parkinson’s Nurse, Joanne Rose, who will be available to answer any of your questions. A representative from the Rotherham branch of Parkinson’s disease UK (PDUK) will be on hand with local support and information.

During Parkinson’s Awareness Week in April, Joanne and PDUK held a week of events at Rotherham Hospital to inform people of the help available locally for those with Parkinson’s and for their family, friends and carers.

Joanne said: “There is lots we do to support those living with Parkinson’s as well as, their families and carers such as giving advice on medication and providing information about coping day to day and on how to live a full and active life. The Community Health Meeting will be a valuable opportunity to take that knowledge and support out to the people of Rotherham. We invite anyone who is living with, or affected by Parkinson’s disease to attend.”
The meeting will be held at Fir Close Community Centre, Fir Close, Wath S63 7NU, starting at 9am. All members of the public are welcome to attend the free talk and refreshments are provided. Places are limited so booking is essential. To book your place, call 01709 427800 or email foundation.trust@rothgen.nhs.uk.  

For more information about the work of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, please visit: www.rotherhamhospital.nhs.uk. You can also join the 3,004 followers we have on Twitter @RotherhamNHS_FT or ‘like us’ on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheRotherhamNHSFoundationTrust.  


For more information, contact Laurie Crabtree on 01709 426084 or communications@rothgen.nhs.uk. Out of hours or at weekends, contact the main switchboard on 01709 820000 and ask for the on-call duty manager.


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