You approach the hospital, welcomed by the warm red bricks and grand façade. Staff walk purposefully to and fro across the square, files in their hands, ID cards around their necks. Ambulances and taxis pull up alongside you, dropping off patients, helping them in. You step up towards the entrance. A lady passes you by. She’s in a wheelchair. You enter reception. A friendly face at the desk gives you a wide smile as you rub gel into your hands. Away from the buzz of the square, it’s quiet, the ceiling high, the wood dark and glossy. Read more
At the turn of the 20th century, the National Hospital had only been established for a couple of decades. In a series of upcoming blogs we’re going to be looking back at some of the earliest case notes and the doctors’ fascinating write-ups about these neurological conditions. These documents are a potent reminder of The National’s legacy of ground-breaking research and treatment which continues to the current day.
My story is about beating the odds, learning to walk again and raising over £10,000 for the charity which supports the National Hospital. I feel so incredibly lucky as it could have ended so differently.
It all started in May 2007 when I suddenly had severe headaches one weekend. When they didn’t stop I saw my GP who said I had acute sinusitis. But when I was at work a few days later, I started to feel dizzy and shaky. An ambulance was called and I was rushed to hospital, where scans revealed I had a brain tumour. The night the hospital told me I was in complete shock, it was the last thing I could have imagined !
It is estimated that 1 in every 500 people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease.
For those affected by this neurological condition, it becomes incredibly important to try and find an effective way to control (and, to the extent possible, reduce) the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and the huge impact it has upon their daily lives.
To kick off the new year, we are starting a brand new series of blogs. Each month you’ll get to meet a patient, a member of hospital staff or a supporter of the charity. They’ll be telling us their story and why they spend their time and energy supporting us. Read more