Championing Parkinson's nurses in Wales
5 July 2011
We launched a new report today - Parkinson's nurses – affordable, local, accessible
and expert care - which champions the work of Parkinson's
nurses in Wales.
highlights how Parkinson's nurses
help save the NHS money.
This is by driving down demand for consultant appointments,
reducing hospital admissions and shortening hospital stays for
people with Parkinson's.
The report forms part of our Fair Care
for Parkinson's campaign.
If you're in Wales and affected by Parkinson's, the campaign
calls upon you to tell your Assembly
Members about the importance of Parkinson's nurses.
You can let them know how significant Parkinson's
nurses are as a 'must have' service to people living with the
Image right: Hywel Griffiths, who has Parkinson's
National Assembly launch
We also co-hosted a launch event today - with Welsh
Assembly Members Jeff Cuthbert and Christine Chapman - at the
This gave an opportunity for Parkinson's UK staff, people
with Parkinson's and their families to speak directly to Assembly
We hope that the Welsh Government will acknowledge the
importance of ensuring equal access to Parkinson's nurses across
Wales - a key objective of our Fair Care campaign.
Dedicated local specialists
We hope that the release of our report and the event today will help promote and protect this vital frontline service for everyone affected by Parkinson's.
Aileen Napier, Wales Manager
Aileen Napier, our Wales Country Manager comments:
"People with Parkinson's tell us the most important person in
helping them manage their condition is their Parkinson's
"We are so passionate about this that we have invested more than
£12million in specialist Parkinson's nurse posts across the UK.
"Yet many people with the condition in Wales have still never
seen a Parkinson's nurse.
"We hope that the release of our report and the event today, as
part of our wider campaign, will help promote and protect this
vital frontline service for everyone affected by Parkinson's in
"We understand the Government’s need for financial restraint,
which is why we want to highlight the fact that Parkinson's nurses
are a cost-effective, frontline service for people living with the