Axminster Hospital to hold Parkinson’s awareness day

PUBLISHED: 12:14 08 April 2016

THE therapy team at Axminster Hospital (from left) Karen Wilkes (physiotherapy assistant practitioner), Helen Van Den Barselaar (ward physiotherapist) and Ruth Moore (community rehabilitation occupational therapist).Picture: SUBMITTED

THE therapy team at Axminster Hospital (from left) Karen Wilkes (physiotherapy assistant practitioner), Helen Van Den Barselaar (ward physiotherapist) and Ruth Moore (community rehabilitation occupational therapist).Picture: SUBMITTED

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A number of experts will be on hand to offer guidance and support

A Parkinson’s awareness day will be held in Axminster next week to increase understanding of the condition and provide a wide range of information and advice for patients, families and carers.

The event will take place at the hospital on Thursday, April 21, from 10.30am to 4pm.

Part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, it is is being organised by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, which manages local community hospitals and health and social care services.

A number of experts will be on hand to offer guidance and support, including the Parkinson’s specialist nurse for Eastern Devon, a community matron, physiotherapy and occupational therapy staff, a speech and language therapist and a social worker.

A Parkinson’s patient will be there to offer advice and there will be a display of equipment. Refreshments will be available.

Del Pinheiro, therapy manager for the trust in Axminster, Seaton and Sidmouth, said the event was open to anyone in East Devon affected by Parkinson’s.

“We’re keen to raise awareness of Parkinson’s locally and promote a positive attitude towards the condition,” she said.

“One of the main focuses of the event will be on empowering people to manage their own condition and take steps to improve their quality of life.”

The therapy team plans to organise around four themed days like this each year, focusing on specific health conditions or education topics.


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