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Burnley MP Backs Parkinson’s Campaign

October 4, 2011 5:09 PM
By Campaign

pgBurnley MP Gordon Birtwistle met with the Burnley branch of Parkinson's UK last week to discuss the lack of specialist Parkinson's care in the East Lancashire area.

The group, backed by Mr Birtwistle, would like to see the introduction of a dedicated Parkinson's Nurse by the East Lancashire Primary Care Trust, able to support people by providing valuable advice in helping people comes to terms with their Parkinson's diagnosis and offer guidance over medication (Parkinson's medication regimes can be very complex and can be difficult to manage for people without specialist training).

Mr Birtwistle stated, "With over 800 people in East Lancashire diagnosed with Parkinson's, including 200 in Burnley alone, there is a real and pressing need for a dedicated service to ensure that those who suffer from this condition are provided with the full level of support and care that they require"

Whilst the East Lancashire Primary Care Trust, are in the process of redesigning the current Community Nursing Service to increase access to medical provision for sufferers of long term neurological condition such as Parkinson's, there are no current plans to introduce a specialist service. Whilst acknowledging that this is an improvement on current provision, both MR Birtwistle and the Burnley Parkinson's group have concerns over the continued lack of fully trained, specialist Parkinson's nurses in the area, a policy recommended by Parkinson's UK.