Specialist nursing staff have been holding information sessions for the public to mark Parkinson’s Awareness Week which runs until Saturday.
The Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialists (PDNS), have been in Tickhill Road Hospital in Balby, spreading the word about how they can support a patient and their family or carers once the diagnosis of Idiopathic Parkinson’s has been made.
Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which part of the brain stops working and mainly affects the elderly but in some case can affect people as young as 40. It’s known as a progressive neurological condition.
The main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are related to movement and include slowness of movements, increased muscle stiffness and in some cases a hand or foot tremor. These symptoms can interfere with voluntary movements such as walking and talking.
The disease is now on a general increase because of the rising age of the population and is the second most common neurological disease in the UK.
The specialist team has four members, led by Mick TP Casey, together with Jane McConville, Tracey Watt and Neurology Nurse Michelle Butler. They are employed by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH). This week is a reminder on how they can support patients and also consultants, GP’s, family and carers.
Mick said: “The service can reduce the need for hospital admissions, outpatient appointments and GP consultations, as well as improve outcomes and well-being for people with Parkinson’s and their carers. We are very experienced at symptoms management and have a wealth of pharmacological knowledge built up since the service started in 2001.”
Anyone wanting more information about the support on offer in Doncaster should ring the Nursing Specialist Team on 01302 796877.