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15th September 2011 - Guest Speaker - Helen Veevers, Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist, Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Hospitals.

An informative talk on Osteoporosis was given by Helen. Full of facts, some of which were quite frightening, given that this disease affects, and will affect so many of us. It was presented in a manner, not to worry us, but in a light-hearted way to provide us with the causes of the disease its effect and what we should be doing now, to help us in the future.

3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. There are more than 230,000 fragility fractures every year. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will break a bone, mainly because of poor bone health. Broken wrists, hips and spinal bones are the most common fractures in people with osteoporosis. Of the 70,000 people who have osteoporotic hip fractures each year, 30% will die within a year from causes related to the fracture.

Helen gave us some tips on how exercise, diet (give up smoking!) and getting some sun, that would influence bone density and slow the rate at which our bones become fragile.

Thanks for educating us Helen, with such an enlightening talk. I for one will now take so much more care when moving about and think twice about going out in the snow and ice!

21st July 2011 - Guest Speakers - Janice Booth, Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner &

Geoff Dodd, Biologics Nurse Practitioner

Janice opened the presentation with information on the role of NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. NICE makes recommendations to the NHS on new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures treating and caring for people with specific diseases and conditions. The work of and treatment given by the RA team must follow NICE guidelines and the newer biologic drugs available to treat those with RA can only be prescribed by following the safe NICE guidelines.

Janice then handed over to Geoff who gave an overview of the Biologic drugs available. He explained how these drugs were administered, monitored the health of the users and relative costs compared to non-biologic drugs.

The meeting was then opened to questions and Janice and Geoff answered the numerous questions raised. Thank you Janice and Geoff.

19th May 2011 - Guest Speaker - Shirley Galloway, Occupational Therapist, Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Hospitals.

An informative talk on the role of the Occupational Therapy team within the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Hospitals, providing an overview of the small team and the support they provide to the area. Shirley provided details on how RA affects the joints and surrounding tissues. She went on to explain and educate us on how, in our everyday lives, we can make small changes that would help us to protect our joints from daily tasks. An example was in holding a cup - by supporting the cup in the flat palm of of our other hand, the joints of our fingers holding the handle of the cup would be under reduced strain. Lots of other examples were demonstrated along with a display of tools and equipment available to make our lives easier. Shirley offered her vast knowledge and experience in overcoming daily activities that we may find difficult by contacting her at the hospital.

NRAS Fundraising Manager - We welcomed Val Eyre, NRAS fundraising manager, who explained the work of NRAS, and that as a charity representing those with RA, needed the financial support from all areas to survive and work to ensure a better life for people with RA. She thanked us all, and especially our group’s Lyn Wilson in her 10 fundraising challenges.

22nd March 2011 - Guest Speaker - Jenny Stockdale. Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre NHS Hospitals Trust.

Jenny introduced herself with an overview of her role and that of the physiotherapy team based at Whitegate Drive. She then provided an excellent and informative talk on RA, the effect on the joints, the importance in maintaining joint movement and taking rest. Joint pain and the use of ice packs (bag of peas!), wheat wraps, TENS machine and hydrotherapy baths. Jenny then went on to answer a number of related questions from those attending.

26th January 2011 - Guest Speaker - Barbara Whitehead. Senior Advice Manager, Citizens Advice Bureau, Blackpool

Barbara explained her and the CAB teams role and how the CAB were funded. She highlighted the future plight of the CAB in view of government budget cuts but assured us that the CAB in Blackpool would continue with the dedication of its fantastic volunteers. (They are always looking for and welcome volunteers from across the community - hours to suit and full training provided). Barbara spoke about the type of information and benefits that was available for people with long term health problems - such as RA and urged all to contact the CAB, by phone, email, letter or in person for information and for any advice. A Q&A session followed and Barbara drew attention to the leaflets she had made available to the meeting.

25th November 2010 - Guest Speaker - Dr. C Rao.  Consultant Rheumatologist  Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre NHS Hospitals Trust.

After introducing the members of the Rheumatology team, Dr Rao gave a very interesting and informative talk on RA and its effect on the joints and body. Interspersed with facts and figures, she explained the biological and non-biological medication available now and some of the treatments once used for RA. Dr Rao answered numerous questions from the attendees. It was one of those talks that you never wanted to end and we hope Dr Rao will be back to talk to us again. Definitely not one to miss.

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