New peer support service

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A SUPPORT service for people with Parkinson’s is to be rolled out across the North East, following its successful pilot last year.

The peer support service Part of Parkinson’s UK free phone helpline.

It puts people affected by Parkinson’s in touch with trained volunteers who are willing to share over the phone their personal experiences of living with the condition.

Last year, the Parkinson’s UK helpline took 554 calls from people living in the North East.

The new service will sit alongside the existing team of nurses, who can answer questions on medicines management and other clinical issues, and specialists in other areas including benefits, employment and social care.

Tim Moore, advisory services manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Those with direct experience of Parkinson’s have a unique insight into a condition which can be rather daunting to those affected. Our peer support service allows other in a similar position to access, and benefit from that insight.”

For details call 0808 800 0303.