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Hole in the ground marks the start of new MS Centre

PUBLISHED: 12:07 09 September 2011 | UPDATED: 21:37 20 February 2013

Hole in the ground marks the start of new MS Centre

Hole in the ground marks the start of new MS Centre

Staff, patients, volunteers and supporters joined together to celebrate the long awaited start of work on the new, purpose-built Chilterns MS Centre. The 1,300 square metre building is due to be completed in Summer 2012...

Staff, patients, volunteers and supporters joined together to celebrate the long awaited start of work on the new, purpose-built Chilterns MS Centre. The 1,300 square metre building is due to be completed in Summer 2012 and will provide vastly improved facilities for patients and staff, new services and the potential to eventually double the number of people able to receive treatment.



Currently clinical staff deliver a range of symptom management treatments and services to over 500 people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) in Terrapin buildings of 250 square metres. Despite these limiting conditions staff treat on average 260 people a week and in 2010 delivered over 10,000 treatments. MS is a debilitating, degenerative, incurable neurological condition, the result of damage to the nervous system, the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults.



Louise Wakelam, Head of Professional Services at the Centre said, MS is a complex condition with no two people presenting with identical symptoms or chronology of progression. The treatments we provide are individually tailored to meet the needs of the patient, helping to maintain general health in addition to assisting people maintain and improve movement. The Centre provides the only source of long-term treatment in the area for people with MS. We are all looking forward to the opportunities the new building will provide for us to expand on our services and treat more people.



The range of seventeen treatments currently available includes: neuro-physiotherapy, reflexology, occupational therapy, podiatry, oxygen therapy in addition to support for carers and families. The new building will have the addition of a hydrotherapy pool which has proven benefits for many conditions, including MS and a larger, double, modern hyperbaric chamber to provide oxygen therapy which many patients find relieves some of their debilitating symptoms.



The Centre draws its patients and volunteers mainly from within the Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire area with a small number attending from other surrounding counties. Between five and eight new patients register with the Centre each month.



The work of the Centre is funded through voluntary donations with patients contributing over 100,000 a year towards the operating costs. Local businesses and grant making Trusts also support this vital work.



1.5m of this 2.7m project is being funded by developers Bellway and Barratt thanks to the support of Defence Estates when the land was sold for development. Remaining funds are being raised by fundraisers at the Centre who still have 400,000 left to rise to cover building costs.



John Wretham, Trustee and patient said. If staff can deliver the high standard of treatments and services they deliver to so many people needing our help in the current, very unsuitable building imagine what they will be able to achieve in our wonderful new building. This place is a life-line to so many people, we are all looking forward to moving into our wonderful new building and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports our work.



Anyone wishing to support the work of the Centre should contact Mrs Sue Barber, suebarber130@btinternet.com

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