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Another Parkinson's nurse for Bedfordshire

22 May 2015

The new post will bring the number of Parkinson's nurses in Bedfordshire to three, which significantly improves access to the specialist neurological service. 

There are an estimated 876 people with Parkinson’s in Bedfordshire and it is expected that between 17 and 87 more people will develop Parkinson’s in the area each year.

Anne Murray, Director of Nursing and Quality at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We wanted to improve the quality and consistency of the service to patients who have Parkinson’s. Having a service which brings together community based clinics at GP practices with hospital care means better access for patients with more support closer to home. By increasing the number of specialist nurses, we can give a more consistent service county-wide.” 

Paula Carey, Parkinson’s UK Area Manager for Eastern England said;

“There’s strong evidence to show that as well as being cost effective, Parkinson’s nurses improve patient experience. By working with local champions, who are people affected by Parkinson’s, we fully understand the needs of the local Parkinson’s community and it was clear that an additional Parkinson’s nurse was needed.

“We are delighted that through successful joint working we have been able to achieve this. We look forward to continuing to work with Bedfordshire CCG on the review of wider neurological services in the area.”

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