Raising awareness of polio

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British Polio Month (July-August) is underway and as part of the campaign to raise awareness of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) I urge readers to contact The British Polio Fellowship should they find themselves with nowhere to turn and in need of our support.

Few realise over 120,000 people in the UK suffer from PPS and despite affecting around as many people as Parkinson’s disease, this devastating neurological condition can be missed or misdiagnosed by GPs – leaving those with PPS feeling forgotten.

The British Polio Fellowship is here to help. Our website survey is researching GPs knowledge of Polio and PPS, while our Medical Alert Card, Map of Medicine and other on-line resources provide the medical community and patients alike with the tools and support they need. With a large population from countries where Polio is still prevalent, those in the Asian Community living with Polio and PPS in the UK also need our assistance, together with their families, carers and health professionals. Our aid and advice is always just a call or a click away.

Thanks to the support of celebrities like Julia Roberts and Team GB Paralympian heroes like London 2012 silver medallist James Crisp, British Polio Month has been a great success so far, yet making GPs and the general public alike aware of Polio and PPS remains our top priority.

For those who need assistance with the debilitating effects of Polio and PPS now, The British Polio Fellowship can be contacted on 0800 018 0586. Email us at info@britishpolio.org.uk or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk.

Ted Hill MBE

CEO The British Polio Fellowship