"Thanks to lifestyle management for arthritis programme"

About: Lanarkshire Community Services / Occupational Therapy

(as the patient),

I attended a 4 week course for the above run by Heather and Jane Marie at Hairmyers Hospital, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire. I had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few months previously and was surprised at the number of women who were experiencing similar symptoms of this disease. Heather and Jane Marie were very informative and patient in teaching us how to adapt our ways in doing day to day tasks. Things that we take for granted every day, eg making a cup of tea, light lunch, etc. We practised the changes until we were more confident in our chores. However, there were days when we may have overdone it. So it was rest for the next couple of days Heather and Jane Marie helped us to stay positive explaining that sometimes we would feel very down but after adapting our ways we would pick up again.. There were also little gadgets we could purchase or sometimes they were supplied to us to help us in our tasks. I would highly recommend attending this course if you have been diagnosed with this illness. Heather and Jane Marie were very friendly and at times we had a few giggles as we practised. I left the course feeling more positive about the way I would be fighting this disease. Its not going to beat me. Thank you Heather and Jane Marie.

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Response from Janice McClymont, Occupational Therapy Head of Profession, Occupational Therapy Services, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Caela,

Thank you for your positive feedback about your recent experience with the Lifestyle Management of Arthritis Programme at Hairmyers Hospital. I will ensure that Jane-Marie and Heather receive your comments, and we will use them to shape future classes.

I am delighted to hear that you found the programme beneficial, and that you enjoyed the practical element of the course. It is helpful to learn that you found the group sessions supportive, and that the information and new techniques have helped you to feel more confident and positive about the future.

I wish you continued success in the management of your condition.

With best wishes


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Update posted by Caela (the patient)

Hi Janice,

Thank you for that.



Response from Helen MacLachlan, Occupational Therapy Team Leader, Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Caela, great to receive positive feedback about the Lifestyle management of Arthritis program. It is heartening to learn that you found it both informative and beneficial.

Having a positive outcome from therapy sessions is always pleasing for the staff here and I thank you for your comments.

Best wishes for the future, keep up the good work and your positive outlook.


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