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More Change

posted 20 Feb 2013, 01:53 by Alan B.
In my last post I reported on changes in personnel at the MS Society in Moray. Welcome to Ken Munro the new Area Development Officer for the Highlands and Islands including Moray.

You may also remember that Julie Williams, MS Specialist Nurse for Moray had indicated her intention to retire in 2013. Well we now have a date. Julie will retire and leave her post on 19th March 2013. From now on it will be less and less possible for Julie to see patients as she ties up loose ends and prepares briefings for her replacement. The good news, at this time of austerity, is that Julie will be replaced as soon as possible! Yippee! However there is bound to be a gap between Julie leaving and a new person being able to start. Keep checking this website for news.

So what should we do if seeing an MS Specialist Nurse isn't possible for a time? Julie suggest the following: If you are experiencing difficulties with MS symptoms or any other health concern contact your GP. He or she should be your first port of call. Out of hours (evenings and weekends) contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24 or you can see their website by clicking HERE. If you think there is an emergency you should always consider using 999.

You might also give some thought to contacting other health professionals for support in the absence of a specialist MS Nurse. I've had great support from Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Neurologists, the Rehab team. And there are also the national sources of support like the MS Trust or MS Society. 

So although we all hope we'll get a new MS Specialist Nurse sooner rather than later after Julie leaves, we should give some thought to where we might get advice and support from other sources in the meantime. Planning ahead will help!