Long Term Conditions - The support is out there

19/10/2011

Long Term Conditions - The support is out there

The Western Trust in association with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Fermanagh District Policing Partnership recently hosted a Long Term Conditions Information Day at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.

 

Long Term Conditions are defined as health problems that need to be managed through medication and/or therapy over an extended period of time.

 

Western Trust Director of Primary Care and Older People’s Services, Alan Corry-Finn commented on the importance of raising awareness: “Approximately 25 per cent of our population have at least one long-term condition.  This is one of the major challenges facing modern health and social care today. It is therefore essential that patients are aware of how to help maintain their health and well-being and how to access the support available to them.”

 

Fermanagh District Council Chairman Thomas O’Reilly also spoke on the aims of the event, he said: “I hope that the event will shine a light on the support services available to those dealing with long term conditions.  It is of paramount importance that these individuals are linking in with their nurses, GP’s and therapy providers in order to establish the necessary and level care needed. Today will help forge the link between the patient and the relevant service.”

 

For further information on the support available for Long Term Conditions contact Health Improvement Department, Western Health and Social Care Trust at 028 7186 5127 or email health.improvement @westerntrust.hscni.net