Improved service for patients

ANGUS residents living with arthritis can now benefit from an expanded range of services which aim to make life that bit easier for them.

People living with arthritis who are experiencing problems carrying out simple tasks can get help and support from the Angus Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Service.

The service, which is run by occupational therapist Andrew Makaka, is delivered across Angus and has been expanded to offer an enhanced range of treatments.

Patients can self-refer to the service or be referred by their rheumatology consultant, hand specialist consultant, gp, physiotherapist, podiatrist, social worker or family member.

Organised by Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP), this service is aimed at people living with rheumatologic conditions including young patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

The service aims to improve a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living, prevent loss of function, improve or maintain psychological wellbeing, as well as give advice on what people can do to minimise the effect of living with arthritis on their lifestyle.

Through self-management education, counselling, mood and pain management, joint protection education and hand and foot care advice, patients are offered treatment plans which are specifically tailored to suit their needs. The service also carries out home assessment and housing adaptation, as well as driving and transport advice.

Weekly Outpatient clinics (which are listed below) are held at Stracathro, Montrose, Forfar and Arbroath and at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Patients can also be seen at home if they cannot make it to any of the designated clinics. Home visits are carried out on the second and fourth last Wednesdays of each month.

Mondays 8 am to 4 pm - Stracathro Hospital, physiotherapy outpatient department; Tuesdays 8 am to 4 pm - Links Health Centre, Montrose; First and third Wednesday of each month 8 am to 4 pm - Ninewells Hospital, occupational therapy department; Thursdays 8 am to 4 pm Arbroath Infirmary, physiotherapy department; Fridays 8 am to 4 pm - Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre, Forfar.