First meeting of a new Rheumatoid Arthritis Society is a success

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More than 40 people attended the first meeting of the South Lakeland National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) at the Dunmail Treatment Centre at Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) on September 7.

Visitors heard a presentation by Dr Marwan Bukhari, Consultant for Rheumatology at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), which included upcoming treatments.

Dr Bukhari also told the crowd how the Rheumatology team at UHMBT are working together to improve the service. Claire Morley, who is on the organisation committee for the south Lakeland NRAS group, said: “I think we were all nervous as we were not too sure how many would turn up but so many people came. I don't think it could have gone better, brilliant first meeting.”

The South Lakeland branch, which launched in May 2016, gives advice and support to people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis - a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The symptoms usually affect the hands, feet and wrists. The branch plans to hold its meetings every other month on the second Wednesday.

The next meeting will be in November. A venue will be confirmed at a later date.
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