Awareness day to benefit sufferers

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People affected by a long term health condition or disability in the Belper area are being urged to attend a free information session nextweek.

The awareness day is being held in the Pennine Ward meeting room at Babington Hospital, Derby Road, on Tuesday, July 8, from 3pm to 4.30pm.

More than 20 per cent of the adult population in Derbyshire – around 157,000 people – have a long-term health condition or disability.

The session will be led by expert Sue Robinson, project manager for the Living with Long Term Conditions Programme at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

Sue said: “We are encouraging anyone to attend – whether you suffer from a long term condition yourself or you know someone who is experiencing a long term condition and would like to find out more.

“If your illness is affecting your everyday life and you want things to change for the better, come along to our free session to discuss your experiences around living with a long term condition in an informal and interactive session.”

Sue continued: “Everyone involved in the course has first-hand experience of living with a long term condition, so they can really relate to the people who sign up for the course. These courses are free and they can help some very vulnerable people in our community to get their confidence back and not let pain, fatigue, depression or other symptoms dictate their lives.”

Places on the session are limited. To book a place contact Joanne Chick, membership officer on 01773 599482 or email