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Rotherham patients take part in Parkinson’s Awareness Week

20 Apr 2016 11:58:23

Rotherham Parkinson’s Patients with family & friends, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Parkinson’s Support Team & Rotherham Mayor, Cllr Maggi Clark

Rotherham patients with Parkinson’s have been raising awareness of the disease by taking part in national Parkinson’s Awareness Week (18-24 April).

Patients affected by Parkinson’s Disease were joined by their family, friends and specialists at Rotherham Hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, to raise awareness of the disease and talk about their condition to visitors.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr. Maggi Clark, also visited the hospital to officially open the Parkinson’s awareness stall, which will be open all week providing information and advice to hospital visitors and members of the public.

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease affecting the nervous system, usually resulting in a tremor and muscle spasms.

The disease can affect people of all ages and as well as difficulty with moving around, symptoms can include tiredness, pain, depression, anxiety and memory problems.

Patient, Keith Duke, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, said: “The biggest thing about living with Parkinson’s is that you worry a lot about the future and what is going to happen to you.

“One of the best things about Rotherham Hospital is that I can contact the nurses whenever I want. They give me support whenever I need it. That is very helpful and reassuring.”

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust currently supports Parkinson’s patients both through hospital services and specialist community nursing visits.

Joanne Rose, Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We support hundreds of people locally who have Parkinson’s but whose conditions vary greatly; from hand tremors to difficulty in moving or speaking.

“We also offer support to family members and carers by giving advice on medication and helping their loved ones carry on living a full and active life with Parkinson’s.

“I would reassure people that there is a life after Parkinson’s diagnosis and to see their GP if they suspect they might need help.”

For more information about Parkinson’s and the support available in Rotherham go to www.parkinsons.org.uk or contact Michael Speight from Parkinson’s UK on 01709 540709.

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