New Parkinson’s campaign backed by NHS chiefs

With Parkinson’s Awareness Week taking place between 10–16 April, the Parkinson’s UK charity have introduced a new campaign “We Won’t Wait”, which encourages the public to donate towards research, aiming to find new treatments for the disorder.

Doctors at Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are supporting the campaign to help find new treatments for the condition, as well as educating the public on what treatments are currently available.

The last significant drug discovery for Parkinson’s disease was over 50 years ago and campaigners are keen that more is done, so that people who suffer from the disorder can benefit from improved treatments.

Parkinson’s affects part of the brain and over time the condition is deteriorative. The most common symptoms include tremors (involuntary shaking of parts of the body), stiff muscles and slow movement.

Parkinson’s disease is a serious condition; there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK, who suffer from the disorder.

The treatments currently available to help reduce the symptoms include:

  • Physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • Medication
  • Brain surgery

A number of people who suffer from the disease respond well to the treatment and their quality of life is enhanced; however, in a few cases, patients do not respond well to treatment and for this reason, campaigners are keen that research into new treatments continues.

Dr Alex Gaw, from Morecambe Bay CCG, said: “There is still a lot that needs to be done for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. This is why I am calling upon local residents to support the Parkinson’s UK charity, so more money can be spent on research into new life-changing drugs. “If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of this disorder, I would suggest seeing your GP for a consultation. They will refer you to a specialist for further tests if needed.”

For more information about the charity, Parkinson’s UK, which can help people who are living with the disease and provide them with support groups in their local area, call 0808 800 0303 or email hello@parkinsons.org.uk.

NHS Choices is also available for anyone who needs any help or advice regarding the disorder.