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Healthcare staff share stories for World Parkinson's Day

A group of healthcare staff from the UK and Ireland living with Parkinson’s disease have created a video to share their experiences and raise awareness on World Parkinson’s Day on Sunday 11 April 2021.

The video features 12 people from a variety of different healthcare roles who share their story and how they are proud to continue to treat and care for patients.

Ed Kirkham, paediatric radiographer at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “The last 12 months have been some of the most challenging in any healthcare professional’s lifetime, but if you add in Parkinson’s disease you get an extra set of challenges.

“Despite all living and working in different parts of the country, last August we set up a virtual support group to share our successes and struggles with each other and to offer mutual support and encouragement.

“As group we’ve been able to give each other a boost when we’ve needed it meaning we could play our part during the pandemic and help care for those in need.”

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition which means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. There is no medication that slows it down or reverses the disease and around 145,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the UK.

To watch the video please click here 

If you’d like to know more about Parkinson’s visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk

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Paediatric radiographer Ed Kirkham

Paediatric radiographer Ed Kirkham