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Sunday 21 January 2018
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Motor Neurone Disease Association

Motor Neurone Disease Association Volunteers

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.

 

Learning that you or someone you care for has developed MND, as well as coping with it in the longer term, can be a traumatic experience. Volunteers supporting our MND specialist nurse and other clinical staff in the weekly clinics which take place on the hospital site are able to help reassure patients and carers. They provide a listening ear and a welcoming presence for first time attendees as well as longer standing visitors.

 

Training provided by the MNDA also enables the volunteers to provide patients and carers with key information and guidance about the condition and types of support available. Their knowledge of the hospital and its inner workings also means that more practical support with issues such as car parking and directions are available to those using the service.

 

If you would like to know more about the MNDA then you can find out about it using this link: