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​Lewisham GPs encourage local residents to take a stand against Parkinson’s​


GPs across Lewisham are calling on local residents to support Parkinson's Awareness Week between 18 and 24 April to help raise awareness of the condition and the support available across the borough.Parkinsons logo.jpg

Around 127,000 people across the UK have Parkinson's Disease – that's equivalent to one in every 500 people.  Most people are over 50 when they're diagnosed with the condition, however it can affect younger people too, with one in 20 people diagnosed being under 40. 

One of the most commonly associated symptoms of Parkinson's Disease is shaking or trembling.  However, the disease affects everyone differently, and symptoms can include difficulties with movement, tiredness, pain and problems with memory.

"Every person with Parkinson's is different" explains Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and Chair of NHS Lewisham CCG.  "What can be more frustrating to sufferers is that the effects of the disease can change from day to day.  Symptoms that may be noticeable one day may well not be a problem the next.  This can have a huge impact on daily life and be difficult for others to understand

"Whilst there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, there are a range of medicines available to help patients manage their symptoms and continue to lead active and fulfilling lives.

"There are also some fantastic support networks available across the borough to enable patients, families and their carers meet and socialise with others and receive valuable help and support."

During Parkinson's Awareness Week, residents are being asked to host events to help raise awareness of the disease.  For example, some residents have signed up to take part in the London Marathon on 24 April on behalf of Parkinson's UK, the national support charity.  However, you could show your support in any way you can think of, from holding a bake sale in your workplace to getting your community involved. 

For a bit of inspiration, and to find out about other events going on in your area, contact Parkinson's UK on 0344 225 9858 or email rf.london@parkinsons.org.uk.

Local Support can be found, the Lewisham Branch of Parkinson's UK provides information, friendship and support to people with Parkinson's, their families and carers.  The group also organises regular social events.

The group meets on the fourth Monday of the month at Lewisham United Reformed Church between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

For more information, contact Rahima Islam on 0344 225 3705, vc.south3@parkinsons.org.uk or click here.

The South London Younger Parkinson's Network provides a valuable support network for local people diagnosed with Parkinson's at a young / working age.  The network arranges regular coffee meet ups, dance sessions and social evenings enabling people to meet other people in a similar position in their local area.

For more information, contact Sue Roberts at sue.roberts@slypn.org.uk or click here.