The British Polio Fellowship has announced it will be at the forthcoming Primary Care Show at Birmingham’s NEC from 18-19 May. With a focus on primary and community care, the show offers a perfect platform for us to set our stall out on securing greater recognition for members and calling for greater awareness of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) among the medical community.
“Appearing at the Primary Care Show is a great opportunity for The British Polio Fellowship,” said Ted Hill MBE. “The benefit of attending this show is that it will give us access to a number of leaders within the medical profession. Attending events such as these is a central part of our wider strategy to make GPs and health professionals aware of PPS and the needs of members generally.”
One of the key aims for The British Polio Fellowship will be increasing awareness among the medical community of a new document that the charity has recently issued, Post Polio Syndrome, A guide to management for health care professionals. This guide is the first of its kind, and provides comprehensive information to both the medical profession, and people with PPS, on how to recognise and manage the condition, with information from many of the field’s leading experts compiled in one place.
“The new PPS guide is one of the most important things we’ve been involved in recently,” added Ted. “While a lot of the work we do is centred on raising awareness of PPS itself, (including PPS Day) this document offers a practical guide for the medical community. I’m pleased to say it’s already made it as far as Australia, and the important thing now is to continue to reach the people that matter and the Primary Care Show is the perfect place to do this.”
The show will also feature numerous other organisations from the primary and community care sector, with a number of events planned, including the exhibition itself, speakers and hands-on workshops. Since its inception 26 years ago, the event has been providing learning and networking opportunities for healthcare professionals, but this year’s show will mark The British Polio Fellowship’s first involvement.
With 120,000 people in the UK living with PPS more needs to be done to raise awareness of the symptoms those with PPS live with and what can be done to help them. Awareness of PPS in the UK is extremely low, with the majority of the public not having heard of it – something the Fellowship aims to change.
“We all know that only seven per cent of the general public are aware of PPS, and only 55 per cent of doctors would be able to diagnose it,” added Ted. “Our attendance at the Primary Care Show is another step on the journey towards raising awareness of PPS amongst the medical sector as well as the general public and ensuring that those living with PPS get the proper treatment they need and deserve.”