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New Group For Arthritis Sufferers In Dorchester


11:41am 25th September 2012
(Updated 11:43am 25th September 2012)

Do you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and what do you think about the care you receive?

You can say what you think at a special debate next week at Dorchester Baptist Church.

Health professionals from Dorset County Hospital's Rheumatology team will be there and its hoped regular group meetings will be held in the future.

Those impacted by rheumatoid arthritis - patients, families, carers and health professionals - are invited to attend an open meeting and discussion on Wednesday 3rd October, jointly hosted by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and the Rheumatology Team at the Dorset County Hospital. The meeting will be held at the Dorchester Baptist Church on Bridport Road, starting at 6.30pm.

There are estimated to be over 40,000 people in the south west who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, many of whom live in Dorchester. It is a condition that can cause severe pain and disability.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the joint tissue causing inflammation, stiffness, pain and extreme fatigue. If left untreated, the joint can lose its shape and alignment and lead to permanent disability with a devastating impact on the individual and their families. It primarily affects women who are three times more likely to get it than men and can occur at any age including childhood, although onset is most common after the age of 40.

To register for this event please call NRAS on 0845 458 3969 or email volunteers@nras.org.uk. The NRAS network is made up of volunteer group all across the UK, members of which all have rheumatoid arthritis themselves so understand exactly what it is like to have the condition.

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