A COURSE in Grays will help people with long term conditions improve their quality of life.
The NHS South West Essex Expert Patients Programme will be running a course at the Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, Grays.
The six-week programme, which is completely free, features a two-and-a-half hour session once a week, starting on the morning of Tuesday 3rd August.
The course is open to people with long term conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Pauline Brown, Expert Patients Programme Co-ordinator at NHS South West Essex, says: “This course will give people the skills to manage their condition. This will help them to feel in control of their condition – instead of their condition taking over their life.
“People who have been on the course before have given us very positive feedback on how it has helped them to improve their condition, their wellbeing and their quality of life.”
Adults going to the course will be able to learn techniques to manage pain, fatigue and depression. They will find out about healthy eating, medication use, muscle relaxation and distraction. They will gain tips on how to deal with difficult emotions such as anger, fear and frustration. The course will also teach them how to plan for the future and solve problems, as well as how to improve their communication skills….and much more.
Pre-booking is essential. To book a place on this course, or for further information, please contact Pauline Brown on 01268 705204 or Brenda McManus on 01268 705062.