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World Parkinson's Day

World Parkinson's Day


The 11th April was World Parkinson’s Day and the theme of the day is Unite. Parkinson’s organisations around the world are coming together to mark the day. In the hospital’s foyer our Parkinson’s Nurse Drinda Harrington, along with members of the Gravesend Support Group and also Volunteer Co-ordinator Nansubuga Kolawole from Parkinson's UK have been manning a stand. They offered lots of information, support and advice to our staff, patients and visitors on Parkinsons.

Parkinson’s disease is a long term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system and is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain. It's thought around 1 in 500 people are affected by Parkinson's disease, which means there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition. Most people with Parkinson's start to develop symptoms when they're over 50, although around 1 in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when they're under 40.

Although there's currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, treatments are available to help reduce the main symptoms and maintain quality of life for as long as possible.

If you would like to find out more please contact Nansubuga via email at vc.south2@parkinsons.org.uk