Health officials will reach out to arthritis patients at event

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THE rheumatology team at a hospitals trust is hoping to meet local arthritis patients at a health event.

The Department of Rheumatology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is hosting its ‘Day to Day Living with Arthritis’ event at St Mary’s Church Hall in Gosport High Street tomorrow.

A department spokesperson said: ‘Arthritis can affect anyone of any age, although women and older people are at higher risk. Nearly two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than 65. The cause of arthritis is generally unknown.

‘While there is no real cure for arthritis, there are ways to manage these conditions. Our patient and public conference – Day to Day Living with Arthritis – will enable those living with arthritis to gain a greater insight into their condition and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage their condition more effectively.

‘There are several ways that this kind of course has helped others elsewhere such as better coping, increased activities, better fitness and flexibility, increased confidence, better ways to manage fatigue, improved rest and sleep, more involved family life, and ways of getting the best out of health professionals.’

The event runs from 9am until 4.30pm.

To register for a place contact Valerie Robins in the rheumatology department at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, or email