Determination goes a long way.

Molly (not her real name) left a 30+ years’ career in financial services and retrained as an integrated humanist therapist. When she retired she had much more time to enjoy her main hobbies of long-distance walking and badminton and took up tennis. Keeping fit has always been very important. Like many people in their 60s […]

No back pain and still on the chocolates!

Debbie F worked for many years in the diplomatic service in a wide range of countries. She had a back problem which flared up from time to time but she had got used to dealing with it herself. Due to the social nature of her job her weight increased over the years but she felt […]

I recovered from a fractured spine

Tina Eastwood, 71, is a retired administrator, who was enjoying her retirement until March 2016 when she fell backwards down the stairs at great speed. She was able to bang on the dividing wall and luckily her neighbour heard . She was taken by ambulance to the local A and E where she was x-rayed […]

From Wheelchair to Walking

Kate Loukes is a professional actress and office worker who retired 20 years ago at the age of 61. Many years ago she had two bad falls which she thought had affected her legs and had treatment for years on and off. “In 2015”, she said, “I fell up the stairs and soon I was […]

Launch of Patient Partner Pioneers

Sussex MSK Partnership East’s (SMSKPE) Patient Forums are now well established and held regularly around the SMSKPE area. With more than 250 attendees to date and many thousands of patient reported experience measures (PREMS) questionnaires returned, we are reaching a high level of patient consultation. In this third year of the service, we are aiming […]

Tempted by tennis?

With Eastbourne and Wimbledon tennis tournaments just around the corner, more people will be tempted to pick up a racquet to get fit. It’s a great exercise for all ages, but if you’ve never played, or it’s been a while since you last played, Steve Daly, Extended Scope Practitioner, has provided some tips to help […]

More support needed for unpaid carers

Carers’ Week is taking place June 12-18 to highlight the role of the estimated seven million carers in the UK. The aim is to help communities and organisations offer support to carers. Care for the Carers provides support for carers in East Sussex. Strategic Partnerships Manager, Teresa Flower, said: “A carer is anyone who cares, […]

Celebrating the role of carers

Here at Sussex MSK Partnership East, we have excellent links with Care for the Carers and have invited representatives to visit our offices and meet our staff. If you are a carer, you may be interested in becoming involved with Carers’ Week, which is taking place between June 12 – 18. It’s estimated that there […]

Patient story – How exercise saved me from surgery

Stephen Rigby, 51, is a Company Director who lives near Lewes.   He tells us how he avoided having major surgery on his back by following treatments and a simple fitness and strengthening regime. “I’d been having spells of back pain since before last summer (2016).  Although I’ve played a lot of sports throughout my life, […]

Patient story – How I made the decision to have surgery

Edward Wolfe, 65, is a retired builder who lives in Eastbourne. For the past 10 years he has been troubled with a painful hip caused by osteoarthritis. He used to be very active, doing a physical job and walking and cycling in his spare time, but as time went on he has been able to […]