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Press Release - 22 October 2008

Local people affected by psoriatic arthritis invited to information evening

People with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and their families are invited to a free presentation at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (30 October, 7pm).

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic joint disease that affects up to one third of patients with the skin disease psoriasis. The arthritis is highly variable but can be severe, leading to significant joint damage and disability.

Several features of PsA identify it as being different from rheumatoid arthritis, but there is some overlap between them - both are inflammatory and potentially very damaging.

The talk entitled: Treatment and impact of psoriasis on patients’ lives, is part of a new series of PsA events, held quarterly, which are open to all patients and their families.

The information evening will be presented by Ms Kay Dawkes, a dermatology nurse specialist from the Royal United Hospital, Bath. She will be talking on psoriasis and its treatments, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet other people with the condition.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the day, light refreshments will be provided. The lecture runs from 7pm until 8pm in the lecture hall in the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RL.

This series of lectures has been set up by the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD). The institute is an independent registered charity which raises funds to support research and education into many aspects of bone and joint diseases.

The Institute has close links with both the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bath. It seeks to improve treatments for patients through promoting collaboration between clinicians and research scientists.

The institute welcomes suggestions for future evenings and for content for the website. Please contact Charlotte Cavill, see above for contact details.

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