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Rheumatoid Arthritis support group to start at Westmorland General

Patient Mrs Kay Spurr of Wilton, near Kirby Stephen with Liz Axten, Ward Manager on the Dunmail Treatment Centre at WGH.
Patient Mrs Kay Spurr of Wilton, near Kirby Stephen with Liz Axten, Ward Manager on the Dunmail Treatment Centre at WGH.

[A] new support group aimed at people living with Rheumatoid or Inflammatory Arthritis will be launched on 18 May 2016 by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and the rheumatology team at Westmorland General Hospital (WGH).

The South Cumbria Rheumatoid Arthritis Group is open to anyone living with Rheumatoid or Inflammatory Arthritis, as well as their family members, carers and health professionals.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a term used to describe a group of conditions which affect a person’s immune system. The body’s defence mechanism attacks the body’s own tissues and this leads to pain, stiffness and joint damage. At present there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis which causes a progressive deterioration in patients and can lead to disability and an impaired quality of life.

Gill Weedon, External Projects and Groups Supervisor, NRAS said: “NRAS and UHMBT are working together to encourage people with Rheumatoid or Inflammatory Arthritis living in the Kendal and surrounding areas, to attend the meeting on 18 May to find out more about the disease, local rheumatology services and the invaluable resources on offer to them from the Trust and NRAS.

“The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. You do not need to be a either a patient at WGH or a member of NRAS to attend. There will be short presentations from the WGH rheumatology team and an interactive question and answer session, offering attendees the opportunity to ask questions to a special panel of expert healthcare professionals.

“The group will offer mutual support, information and the opportunity for patients to contribute to the development of long term patient care within their local NHS and have regular interaction with health care professionals.

“If you are living with Rheumatoid or Inflammatory Arthritis, or know someone living with the condition, please pass this information onto them – this is an open invitation!”

Liz Axten, Ward Manager on the Dunmail Treatment Centre at WGH, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the NRAS to provide a support group for local people living with Rheumatoid arthritis. We hope that by raising awareness of the types of help available and having a support network will really will help those directly suffering with the condition and their loved ones. We hope to see as many people there as possible.”

If you would like to attend the meeting on 18 May 2016 at 6.15pm, or would like to attend future meetings, please call 01628 823 524 and ask for Kim or Gill or email [email protected].

For further information about living with Rheumatoid or Inflammatory Arthritis, please visit: http://www.nras.org.uk/

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