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How to be a good patient

Mar 11 2003
North Warwickshire

People living with long-term health conditions are being given the chance to become "expert patients" in a pilot project.

North Warwickshire Primary Care Trust is working with the expert patient programme, a national initiative, to set up what its leaders hope will be a valuable service to people in Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire. Anyone suffering from a chronic long-term condition like asthma, diabetes, heart dis-ease, arthritis or multiple sclerosis, should benefit.

The aim is to tutor people in managing their illness and making the best use of services available to them.

Karen Simmonds, patient advice and liaison service manager of the PCT, said: "The project involves a six-week course for people who want to learn more skills to cope and manage their condition on a daily basis. It will focus on things like diet, exercise, relaxation and emotional effects. The course will also teach people how to get the best from health professionals."

The course is free and will start on Tuesday, May 6, for 2½ hours a week at Hatters Space, in Upper Abbey Street, Nuneaton.

To take part, call Mrs Simmonds on 01788 555140, or Felicity Hearns, of Anna Lynall, expert patient trainers, on 01905 733143.

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