Friday 8 November 2013
A local NHS nurse had the unique opportunity of seeing how Parkinson’s is treated across the world by attending an international Parkinson’s conference in Canada.
Louisa Aubry, Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist attended the World Parkinson’s Congress in Montreal to learn about the latest scientific discoveries, best medical practice and treatment for patients who suffer from the neurological condition.
Louisa was able to attend the congress after being awarded a travel bursary from the Trust’s charitable funds. The award offers staff the chance to travel and study aspects of international healthcare relevant to the local population’s health needs.
Louisa said: “The World Parkinson’s Congress brings together international experts on Parkinson’s, to learn from each other, exchange ideas and share best practice in treating the condition.”
“During the event I attended various talks and presentations from leading Parkinson’s clinicians. I was amazed by the enormity of the event and the amount of information that was imparted.”
Louisa is now sharing information and learning from the experience and looking at how some of the initiatives that other countries are doing could benefit and improve patient outcomes locally.
Louisa said: “I have gained a lot of valuable new information about Parkinson’s and how services are run in other countries. There’s an enormous amount of research being carried out on Parkinson’s around the world, and it’s encouraging to know that there are always new drugs and treatments on the horizon.”
“We offer a good service in the UK for Parkinson’s patients - and of course it’s free - whereas many patients abroad have hefty bills to pay in order to receive treatment. Consequently some patients with Parkinson’s do not see anyone for medical advice and cannot afford any medication.”
The Trust’s Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse provides a community-based support service for local people with the condition in the London Borough of Hounslow. You can find out more about the service at: www.hrch.nhs.uk/parkinsons-hounslow
Notes to editors
The Trust’s Parkinson's disease specialist nurse specialist is a community-based nurse with specialist knowledge of all aspects of the condition. The service is provided to patients in the London Borough of Hounslow. www.hrch.nhs.uk/parkinsons-hounslow
The World Parkinson’s Congress takes place every three years with the aim of bringing the Parkinson's community together - including doctors, researchers, rehabilitation professionals, people with Parkinson's, care partners, and government representatives from around the world - to make strides towards finding a cure and identify the best treatment practices for the disease.
One person in every 500 has Parkinson's. That's about 127,000 people in the UK. The 3 main symptoms of Parkinson's are tremors, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement, while other issues such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation, can have an impact on their day-to-day lives.
The Trust’s travel bursary is funded from the Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Charitable Fund to enable staff members to travel overseas to study aspects of international healthcare relevant to our local population’s health needs. Find out more about the Trust’s Charitable Fund at: www.hrch.nhs.uk/charitable-fund