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Local patients given control to shape neurology services

This week is Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2014 and NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Parkinson’s UK in its campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of the progressive neurological condition.

In line with this, the CCG and Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS) are calling all local patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions such as epilepsy, motor neurone disease and MS to join in local conversations about current neurological services at an event in York.

Approximately 127,000 people suffer from Parkinsons in the UK and there is currently no cure. There are however a lot of drugs and treatments available to help manage many of the symptoms which many people are unaware of.

The focus of Parkinson’s Awareness Week is ‘giving back control’ to people with the disease and aims to raise awareness of the symptoms so diagnosis and treatment are offered as early as possible.

Dr Mark Hayes, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Vale of York CCG, said: “Raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms is vitally important to ensure that people recognise when they or a friend or relative might have Parkinson’s so they can access the right support and treatment as soon as possible. 

“Our joint event with partners from Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS) on Wednesday 9 April focuses upon Parkinson’s Disease as one of several neurological disorders. We will be asking patients, their carers and the public what they think good neurology services should look like in the Vale of York.

“In the spirit of Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2014, the CCG and NCS want to ‘give back the control’ to patients to manage the unpredictable nature of neurological conditions and the impact these have.”

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