Let’s talk about Arthritis Talk – 3rd June at Fairfield General

Let’s talk about Arthritis Talk – 3rd June at Fairfield General
23 May 2014

On Tuesday 3rd June 2014, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free talk on Arthritis with Dr Evin Sowden, Consultant Rheumatologist, at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury (2-3pm). 

The talk will give people the chance to find out more about arthritis and the treatments available at Pennine Acute Trust.

Arthritis is a common condition. In the UK, around 10 million people have some form of arthritis and the condition can affect people of all ages. The three most common forms of inflammatory arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic athrthritis.

There are around 200 different conditions that can affect muscles, skeleton and joints. It is estimated to affect 10 million adults and 12,000 children in the UK. The health and economic costs to the Individual, the National Health Service and Society are substantial.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust sees and diagnoses approximately 3,000 new patients every year in the rheumatology service. These include patients with inflammatory arthritis, wear and tear known as osteoarthritis as well as other related conditions.

Staff help patients manage their conditions with a team-based approach involving doctors, nurses and specialist therapists. Many patients can have ongoing care with a therapist or their family doctor but some conditions require continued treatment under specialist supervision leading to over 10,000 follow up consultations each year.

Consultant Rheumatologist Dr Sowden at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“Rapid diagnosis and early treatment is critical to the management of pain and reducing deformity. This event will give attendees with an interest in arthritis the opportunity to learn more about the different types of arthritis, the advances in therapy and the range of services on offer at our hospitals for patients with musculoskeletal problems."

The talk will be held on Tuesday 3rd June, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm at the Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital.   The event is free and open to the public, staff and the Trust’s FT public members.

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members the opportunity to learn more about the services at the Trust.   So far, more than 11,200 people have signed up to become FT members.

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