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The Trust is supporting an awareness week for Parkinson's UK, starting April 16th 2012.

The Trust is supporting an awareness week for Parkinson's UK, starting April 16th 2012.  

Come along and meet the regional Parkinson's Nurses at Univeristy Hospital of North Durham on 18th April and find out more about Parkinson's.  We will be there to have a chat  and offer advice to anyone who has been affected or knows of someone with Parkinson's.    There will also be literature to take away and read. 

Roughly in the UK there are around 120,000 people with Parkinson's and approximately 10,000 people are diagnosed each year with this progressive neurological condition.   Everyone should have access to high quality health and social care including the help from a specialist Parkinson's Nurse. 

Parkinson's nurses are experienced registered general nurses who have completed a special course in Parkinson's.  They are there to help patient's manage their symptoms effectively by reviewing medication, offering advice and emotional support and by acting as a link between the professionals involved in patient care. 

We are working to ensure that everyone who needs support can access a Parkinson's nurse in their area. With County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust we currently have 4 Parkinson Nurses who work across sites.  

 They are:

parkinson's nurses

Louise Cochrane, movement Disorder Specialist Nurse

Liz Taylor, Movement Disorder Staff Nurse

Alison Rose, Senior Movement Disorder Specialist Nurse

Susan McCann, Movement Disorder Staff Nurse

Find out more about Parkinson's - www.parkinsons.org.uk

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital