A message from Hermina Roberts, Parkinson’s UK Local Advisor

Hope you are well, enjoying the longer days, warmer weather and are keeping safe. Here’s a quick update of what is new at Parkinson’s UK

Do you want to know more about COVID Vaccinations?

‘Felt very emotional getting my jab today. Fast, efficient and painless.  #Parkinson’s

Parkinson UK recently hosted a Vaccine webinar, facilitated by Dr Donald Grosset, Clinical Director of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, Dr Richard Walker, Clinical Lead: medicine, Catherine Jones, Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse and COVID immuniser which was joined by 3700 people. 

The webinar covered a range of issues including which vaccine is better for someone with Parkinson’s, when people will be called for the vaccine, what happens at the vaccination appointment and what possible side effects are. You can watch the webinar here

Find out more about the vaccination programme  here.

First steps  – Our Newly diagnosed programme is now online

First Steps is a structured programme hosted by people with Parkinson’s. It’s an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, take part in group discussions and hear from others in a similar situation. You can attend with a family member or a friend.  Find out more on the website, or our FAQ document or book a place on our May programme here

Parkinson’s UK are investing in a new GDNF trial

We are committing £800,000 to a new GDNF trial – we’re launching a new company tasked with planning a possible new trial, because we are determined to find a new, life changing treatment for Parkinsons.  Find our more here

Help us to help you by taking part in research

Research ranges from questionnaires you can fill at home to trialling new treatments, whatever your interest. You can make a difference by taking part. Find out more here

World Parkinson’s Day – Sunday April 11 2021

On Sunday 11 th April the Parkinson’s community will be coming joining together for a special live event. Lets celebrate the power of the community and make new connections, click on the link here: World Parkinson’s Day 2021

If you need advice, information or support, don’t forget to use our referral pathway:

Call the freephone Parkinson’s UK Helpline on 0808 800 0303 or email hello@parkinsons.org.uk