Nurses raise awareness of plight of MS sufferers

First published in News

Airedale’s community health team is raising awareness of the support available for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Jane Pearce and Carolyn Zeyrek – specialist nurses at Airedale Hospital – are distributing information and advice on-site as part of MS Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday.

“It is a very complex long-term condition – many of the symptoms aren’t visible and it is often difficult to diagnose as patients come to us with different neurological symptoms,” said Jane.

“Patients could have weakness, sensory symptoms – for example, tingling or pins and needles – visual impairment or cognitive problems.

“During this campaign, our aim is to raise awareness of the full range of support available for MS patients and their families to help them continue to work, lead their life as they choose to and keep positive. We do our best to help them realise there is life after a diagnosis.”

About 100,000 people in the UK have MS, and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40.

There are currently about 232 MS patients in Airedale, but there are believed to be many more unknown to the service.

Visit mssociety.org.uk/near-me/ branches/skipton-and-craven-branch or call (01535) 338755 or 338751 for further information and support.

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