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HELP AND SUPPORT
BY PARKINSON’S

First and most importantly it is VERY beneficial to be a member of the National Society and if you attend any functions this means that you are fully insured. If you need an application form please let a Committee member know and we will get one to you.
Help and support for everyone with Parkinson’s is available in various forms. To clarify this we hope the following will sign post anyone feeling “alone” to the right course of action.

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP
Led by your Committee the group is there for your well being and provides regular monthly social meetings for information, friendship and entertainment. We also raise funds for research and to be able to subsidise therapies so that we can offer them at a reduced rate. These include exercise classes, aromatherapy, reflexology and we hope very soon speech therapy. Outings and functions are another aspect.

PARKINSON’S LOCAL ADVISOR
Marianne Fountain 0344 225 3777 is available for confidential and emotional support, advice and information by sign posting you to local services that can help. She will be able to provide information on benefits and help with the application process. She is a supporting voice if you need to complain or are having problems getting your needs assessed or met and finally emotional support for you and your family.

DOCTORS AND SPECIALISED NURSES
In a crisis your Doctor and the Nurses are there to help but PLEASE do notify both of any problems IMMEDIATELY. Your first call is to your GP AND THEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER NOTIFY THE NURSES by leaving a message on their office phone. Tel.No. 01223 723014 State the importance of call so it can be prioritised. It is vitally important that all concerned are kept up to date with all the details or you will feel let down by the medical profession. The Nurses work for Cambridgeshire community and are not an emergency service.
If a crisis occurs after surgeries have closed then the out of hours Doctor is always there to cover and should be contacted. There is also the free (from UK landlines and some mobile operators) Parkinson’s confidential help line and even if you do not get a “real” person answering DO LEAVE A MESSAGE AS IT WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE PROFESSIONAL WHO WILL CALL YOU BACK. Monday to Friday 9am –8pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Finally all your Committee are there for you and want to support you so if you need any information their telephone numbers and all the others you need are in the Newsletter.

WE WILL DO ALL WE CAN TO HELP

Your Committee