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PARKINSONS AWARENESS WEEK

April 14, 2005 3:57 PM

NURSES from NHS Greater Glasgow are helping to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease this week.

The campaign is being run by dedicated Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialists who run Specialist Movement Disorder Clinics at Stobhill, the Royal Infirmary and the Western Infirmary.

Hospitals taking part include Stobhill, Western, Gartnaval General, the Royal Infirmary and Lightburn Hospital.

Clients from Stobhill hospital are setting up stalls in its main foyer where posters, advice and information will be on hand during visiting times.

Nurses from the Specialist Movement Disorder Clinics at Stobhill and the Royal Infirmary as well as a specialist nurse from the Western Infirmary will also be in the St Enoch Centre tomorrow (Friday 15 April) between 10am and 4pm. 

They will be available to give advice and information about Parkinson's disease.

There are many symptoms of the disease including slowness, stiffness and experiencing tremors.  It is not generally life threatening and the symptoms can be controlled for many years with drug therapy.

Early stages of the condition are difficult to pinpoint and it is advisable that if people are worried that they may have Parkinson's, they should contact their GP, many of who are aware of the hospital clinics.

Kay Hood, Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist said: "It can be a strain for the client's family, if they are the full time carers, and it can become frustrating not having anyone to talk to.  Carers can also experience sleep deprivation from being full time carers.

"At the day hospitals there are clinics available, which have half hour appointments so that the client can discuss any problems with the consultant or specialist nurse.  After consultation, they may be given an appointment to see a physiotherapist, speech therapist or occupational therapist if the patient or we feel that they need to see someone else. 

"This may require them coming back in another appointment slot.  I am also available out of clinic hours on the telephone and I am available for home visits.
 
"The stall on April 15 is specifically for people who think that they may have Parkinson's or if they are a client they may not know anything about the clinics at the hospitals."

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

* Jpegs of the stall in Stobhill's main foyer are available on request
* Further photographs of the stall at the St Enoch Centre will be available from 2pm tomorrow (Friday 15, April).


For further information, contact:
Lynn McPhail Tel:  0141 201 4447

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