A specialist nurse at Basildon University Hospital will speak to people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on the potential benefits of topical treatments for this condition.
Jackie Roscoe, IBD nurse specialist, is the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Basildon and Thurrock IBD Support Group, which offers advice to fellow sufferers in a friendly setting.
IBD, an umbrella term for Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, affects about one in 250 people in Britain. People who live with the condition do not absorb nourishment easily due to damage to their bowels, and it can be painful and debilitating. The causes are not known, and there is no cure, but medication and sometimes surgery, as well as support from dietitians, can relieve the symptoms.
Topical treatments are applied directly to the body, and can be used to treat some cases of mild to moderate IBD.
There will be an opportunity for guests to ask questions after the talk.
The meeting takes place on Tuesday 20 February, at 6.30pm, in the education centre at the hospital.
Refreshments (50p) will be available at the talk and a fund-raising raffle will be held. Parking in the hospital multi-storey car park is free for guests. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org