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Parkinson’s event at the London Road Community Hospital

4 April 2011

Parkinson’s Awareness Week runs from 11-17 April, and an information event is being held at the London Road Community Hospital in Derby for people to find out more about this progressive, neurological condition.

The event takes place on 15 April between 11am-3pm at the Specialist Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre at London Road Community Hospital.

Parkinson’s team members from Derby’s hospitals will be available to speak with. The week is organised by national charity Parkinson’s UK, and representatives from the charity will be on hand. There will also be members and volunteers from the Derby branch of Parkinson’s UK available.

There will be a range of information available to take away, including about what support is available locally. Refreshments will be available.

Lisa Brown, Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist at Derby Hospitals, said: “If you have Parkinson’s, care for someone with Parkinson’s or just want to know more, then please drop in any time.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which affects approximately 120,000 people in the UK, with one in 20 under the age of 40 when they are diagnosed. There is currently no cure.

Derby Hospitals is recognised by Parkinson’s UK as a centre of good practice, and staff provide care for more than 900 people with Parkinson’s. The care provided crosses several disciplines, including neurology, geriatrics, specialist nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. The aim is to use a ‘team’ approach to provide the best possible care for patients.

The team won the national Parkinson’s Team of the Year award in 2007 for their work on patient education, exercise and post-diagnosis counselling for patients.

For further information please contact Karen Bown at Parkinson’s UK on 0844 225 3629 or kbown@parkinsons.org.uk