Pip's Blog

Pip's Blog

Welcome to Pip's Blog, where our Centre Manager Pippa brings you up-to-date news from the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and the MS community.

If you have any feedback or you would like to contact Pip email pippa@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000.

For older posts please visit http://pips-bmstc.blogspot.co.uk.


Campaigners welcome decision to save Hydrotherapy service

30 March 2017

Campaigners from the Save the RBH Hydrotherapy Pool Campaign have warmly welcomed today's announcement from the hospital Chief Executive Steve McManus that plans to close the pool had been abandoned and that the hospital trust is " committed to the continuation of hydrotherapy provision, whether this is on the Royal Berkshire Hospital site or through alternative facilities off the site".

DisabledHolidays.com - Travel without limits

30 March 2017

This company have been highly recommended by one of our members who wanted to share the news with you.

Talking functional electrical stimulation (FES) with Christine Singleton and Sarah Joiner

30 March 2017

Source MS Trust:

"Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a treatment that applies small electrical charges to the leg to improve mobility if you have have difficulties with walking arising from damage in your brain or spinal cord. In this video we talk to our two trustees, Sarah Joiner who has MS herself and uses a FES device, and Christine Singleton, a clinical specialist physiotherapist."

Thank you Frances and farewell

30 March 2017

This week we said farewell to our wonderful volunteer massage therapist, Frances Longman.

We're hiring

22 March 2017

We are looking to recruit a part time Physiotherapy Assistant to join our dedicated team . For more information about the post and application details click here.

Enter our Easter Draw

22 March 2017

Easter is coming and with it the egg-citing Easter Draw for the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.

Thank you to everyone who ran or helped with the Reading Half Marathon

21 March 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who ran the Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge, everyone who volunteered and stewarded, everyone who cheered, everyone who organised and everyone who donated! We have raised over £5,000 so far! There is still time to donate here!

NICE backtracks on Biogen's multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta

21 March 2017

Source pmlive.com:

Biogen's new multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy should be available to NHS patients in England within three months after NICE reversed an earlier appraisal decision.

Ocrevus and the Hope of ‘Ending MS Forever’: Interview with MS Society’s Tim Coetzee

21 March 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

The potential approval of Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) this month supports the idea that, someday, a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS) is possible, according to Dr. Tim Coetzee, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s chief advocacy, services and research officer.

While Coetzee — and the society he represents — realize the potential of Ocrevus to improve MS treatment, both also acknowledge that plenty of work remains to be done to reach...