New benefit for Parkinson’s patients

from left, consultant Dr Edward Jones, medical secretary Beth Walker, chairman of Parkinson's UK Scarborough branch Pat Berry, matron for medicine Emma Day and Parkinson's nurse specialist Lynnette Bayes'111505
from left, consultant Dr Edward Jones, medical secretary Beth Walker, chairman of Parkinson's UK Scarborough branch Pat Berry, matron for medicine Emma Day and Parkinson's nurse specialist Lynnette Bayes'111505
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PERSONAL health records for Parkinson’s patients are being introduced this week at Scarborough Hospital.

The move coincides with Parkinson’s Awareness Week which runs until Sunday and will see each patient receive a personalised record, which not only aims to help improve the quality of their care but empower the patient about their condition.

Parkinson’s nurse specialist Lynnette Bayes said: “We are delighted that the local Parkinson’s branch has provided funding to help with this project and what better time to introduce the folders to our patients than during Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

“The personal health record is an A4 folder which is held by the patient and covers all aspects of their condition. Its aim is to not only improve the quality of care but to empower patients about their condition through advice and goal setting with health care practitioners.”

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that affects the nerve cells involved in movement.

For any further information about Parkinson’s care in Scarborough please contact Lynnette Bayes on (01723) 385054 and for more information about Parkinson’s Awareness Week visit www.parkinsons.org.uk