George Eliot Hospital is supporting Parkinson’s Awareness Week by sharing important advice and encouraging people to support a national campaign to help find new treatments for the condition.
The week, organised by Parkinson’s UK, takes place between 10-16 April and introduces a new campaign “We Won’t Wait”, which encourages the public to donate towards research. The last significant drug discovery for Parkinson’s disease was more than 50 years ago and campaigners are keen that more is done, so that people who suffer from the disorder can benefit from improved treatments.
Parkinson’s disease is a serious condition; there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK, who suffer from the disorder. Parkinson’s affects part of the brain and over time the condition is deteriorative. The most common symptoms include tremors (involuntary shaking of parts of the body), stiff muscles and slow movement.
The treatments currently available to help reduce the symptoms include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medication and brain surgery. A number of people who suffer from the disease respond well to the treatment and their quality of life is enhanced; however, in a few cases, patients do not respond well to treatment and for this reason, campaigners are keen that research into new treatments continues.
Emma Gadsby, Therapy Team Lead for Neuro and Stroke at George Eliot Hospital said: “We are sharing advice to help support our local community and providing resources at the hospital to support our own colleagues treating patients with Parkinson’s.
If anyone feels they are experiencing symptoms of this disorder, I would suggest seeing your GP for a consultation. They will refer you to a specialist consultant for further tests if needed.
NHS staff who care for people with Parkinson’s across Coventry and Warwickshire were recently shortlisted for a top national award. Parkinson’s UK shortlisted the Coventry and Warwickshire Parkinson’s service at its inaugural Excellence Network Awards.
The local network was initially set up by specialist Parkinson’s doctors from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. It includes colleagues from George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust as well as South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.
The Parkinson’s service aims to provide seamless care for patients to help them manage their condition.
As well as receiving their specialised treatments in University Hospital in Coventry and George Eliot Hospital, patients are able to see Parkinson’s nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists closer to their homes in between their consultant appointments.
For more information about the charity, Parkinson’s UK, which can help people who are living with the disease and provide them with support groups in their local area, call 0808 800 0303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS Choices is also available for anyone who needs any help or advice regarding the disorder.