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East Lancashire Parkinson's nurse campaign

Our campaign for a specialist Parkinson's nurse in East Lancashire was given a boost in November 2013 when the clinical commissioning group approved the bid for a nurse.

We still need to show support for a Parkinson's nurse to make sure the clinical commissioning group delivers on its promise. Please sign our petition now.

This means that the 750 people living with Parkinson's in the area may soon have access to the specialist Parkinson's nurse they need - because of a fantastic local campaign involving people with Parkinson's and our local groups.

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - the organisation that decides what is available on the NHS in East Lancashire - approved the bid for a Parkinson's nurse on 25 November.

We will be working with them to put a nurse in place.

Sign our petition

We still need to show the clinical commissioning group the support for a specialist nurse to make sure it delivers on its promise.

Sign our petition now

The petition asks East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to put a Parkinson's nurse in place.

Why a Parkinson's nurse is needed

As experts in the condition, Parkinson's nurses help people manage complex medication and help people live independently for longer.

Parkinson's nurse Lisa talking to Harold, who has Parkinson's, and his wife Margaret

As well as bringing benefits to people living with Parkinson's, this helps the NHS save money.

National guidelines say that there should be one Parkinson's nurse for every 300 people with Parkinson's.

We ran a survey of the 750 people with Parkinson's in East Lancashire and 68% of respondents did not have access to a Parkinson's nurse. This is not acceptable.

We now have more Parkinson's nurses than ever - about 85% of people with Parkinson's in different parts of the UK have a Parkinson's nurse.

But in some parts of the UK - such as East Lancashire - we're still struggling to get Parkinson's nurses in place.

Image right: Parkinson's nurse Lisa talking to Harold, who has Parkinson's, and his wife Margaret. Lisa's based in Derby.

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