People living with arthritis learnt more about how the NHS can help them during a talk from Sussex MSK Partnership East’s (SMSKPE) Patient Director.
Anne Sabine discussed the services offered by SMSKPE, which is the local NHS organisation for muscle, bone and joint conditions.
Anne said: “It’s important to raise awareness of what SMSKPE does and as part of this we like to meet the people who may need our services, such as members of the Eastbourne Arthritis Action Group. We want patients to be at the centre of everything we do.”
Arthritis Action is dedicated to helping people with arthritis to enjoy a more active life with less pain. The organisation offers healthy eating advice, hands-on physical therapies and help with pain management.
Dietician Martin Lau facilitates the local group. He said: “All the people in this group have got arthritis, so it’s useful for them to understand the NHS service which is being provided. Anne’s talk gave a real insight into what’s on offer and the feedback from members was that they found it really interesting.”
The Eastbourne Arthritis Action Group holds regular meetings at Community Wise in Old Town, Eastbourne, which take place approximately every six weeks. A range of subjects are covered, such as arthritis self-management programmes, managing your symptoms through physical therapy and movement with music.
The schedule for the next few months is as follows:
- 6th April – Dawn Bamforth from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
- 18th May – Leah Boylan, Groups and Events Officer from Arthritis Action
- 26th June – Matthew Rogers, Managing your symptoms with physical therapy
- 10th August – Shantel Irwin, CEO of Arthritis Action
- 21st September – Jackie Wood, Movement with music