Louth Parkinson’s branch wins battle for nurse

Lesley Swift (Chairman of the Louth branch of Parkinson's UK) with Lorraine Ray (Volunteer Co-ordinator) and Ramilla Patel (England East manager). EMN-150210-135831001
Lesley Swift (Chairman of the Louth branch of Parkinson's UK) with Lorraine Ray (Volunteer Co-ordinator) and Ramilla Patel (England East manager). EMN-150210-135831001

The NHS has agreed to provide a new Parkinson’s specialist nurse following hard work and dedication from members of the Louth branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Louth’s Marjorie Barnes and area manager Chris Sweeney attended dozens of meetings over a period of 14 months in order to achieve funding for the position – and it is hoped the nurse will be based at Louth’s County Hospital.

Mrs Barnes said: “Currently, we only get four hours a week with a consultant who visits from Grimsby, but that’s to cover nearly 500 patients.

“A new nurse will provide people with somebody to turn to. They will also be able to help change medication dosage if a condition changes, which can happen quickly for Parkinson’s sufferers.”

The Louth branch received a special visit from Ramilla Patel, manager for the east of England, and Lorraine Ray, a volunteer co-ordinator, who broke the good news.

They are pictured with Lesley Swift, chairman of the Louth branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Ramilla said: “As a local source with expert knowledge, nurses can support people to come to terms with their diagnosis, offer guidance on medication and make referrals.”