Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Could Epillepsy drug treat MS?

A study funded by the MS Society has found a drug currently used to treat epilepsy could become a neuroprotective treatment for people with all types of MS, including Progressive.  Read on.

Fancy a challenge in 2016?

Join  our brilliant team for the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd April. Glory awaits! Contact Sam on 0118 901 6000 or email samantha@bmstc.org to sign up today!

More details on our website here.

New Townlands Hospital in Henley should be in use by March.

Source Henley Standard:
THE new Townlands Hospital in Henley should be ready for use in March.

The hospital, which is part of a £16million “health campus” in York Road, is due to be handed over to NHS Property Services in the first week of February.  Read on.

Missed Panorama Can You Stop My Multiple Sclerosis

100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis - an incurable condition that can result in permanent disability. Panorama has exclusive access to patients pioneering a crossover cancer treatment that has enabled some MS sufferers with paralysis to regain their movement.

If you missed last weeks programme you can catch up here.

Interesting interview regarding Stem Cell Transplantation from the MS Society

Source MS Society:

We spoke to Professor Basil Sharrack and Professor John Snowden who are leading on the autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) programme at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, featured on last night’s Panorama episode.  Read on 

General public against disability benefit reduction

Source MS Society:

Findings released today by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) have shown how much the general public oppose the proposed £30 a week reduction to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and the effect it will have on disabled people.  Read on. 

How to apply for a CEA card

Did you know if you are a blue badge holder you can get a card that enables anyone accompanying you to the cinema to get in free, Approximately 90% of cinemas in the UK accept the CEA Card. Find out more here.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Chilli B Reflexolgy at BMSTC

Chilli has some short notice reflexology appointments available on Tuesday 26th January at 11.00am, 12.00 noon and 1.00pm.  Please call 0118 901 6000 to make a booking.

Chilli started her reflexology service at the Centre with a full house taking up the free taster sessions. We've had some great feedback already. You can book a 45 minute reflexology session with her here at the Centre on a Tuesday morning at a much reduced cost of £15 per session.

Visit her website her for more information on reflexology here.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Ahead of tonight's Panorama documentary "Can You Stop My Multiple Sclerosis"

Source MS Society:

Ahead of tonight’s BBC Panorama documentary ‘Can You Stop My Multiple Sclerosis', we've put together some facts about autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT).  Click here.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Please give as much notice if you can when you cancel appointments with us.

If you need to cancel your appointment with us please give as much notice as you can. Appointments are in demand and we could offer your cancelled appointment to someone else in need.

Thank you for your help.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Interested in Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is available at BMSTC with Ron Piercy on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings for a cost of £14.50 per hourly session.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions. It is often used to treat pain conditions such as headache and back pain among many other symptoms.

Ron qualified in Acupuncture in 1986 and has continued to study Chinese Acupuncture ever since.

Ron has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture and a number of Microsystems such as Auricular Acupuncture, where points in the patient’s ear are used; scalp, stomach and Korean Hand Acupuncture where the body is represented in the micro systems.

He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and has been in full-time practice for 24 years, working in Basingstoke and Reading.

Make an appointment by calling 0118 901 6000 or for more information see our website here.

Keep Warm Keep Well

With a spell of cold weather expected see the NHS Choices Keep Warm Keep Well tips.  Click here.

MS Tai Chi Classes returning to BMSTC, Thursday 14th January 1.00 pm-2.00 pm

We had a great turnout for our new MS Tai Chi Class last year, the classes will continue weekly from 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm from Thursday 14th January - feel free to come and join in.  Tai Chi is offered free of charge for our MS Members, but as always, please do make a donation if you can afford to do so.  This helps us meet our costs and helps those who are unable to donate to still attend.

Jackie our Tai Chi Instructor says  "The benefits of Tai Chi are far reaching. My type of type Tai Chi is mostly Soong and Yang style. Soong is the most versatile and adaptable and is the style taught through Tai Chi for Health. Yang style is popular as it is a gentle flowing style. Both forms are interchangeable so can be stimulating and varied

People with MS would benefit from Tai Chi as a form of exercise because it is slower and a low impact form of exercise which can help maintain better posture, range of movement, and balance. It helps to improve co ordination, mental focus, concentration and relieve tension. It will improve circulation and flexibility.

Tai Chi can be adapted for people who are seated as well as people who stand and is enjoyable when performed in a group or singly. The class consists of static and moving postures beginning with mobility moves moving on to a series of moves based on Qigong then Chi stimulation. then the class will learn a form over a period of time. These forms will progress as the class progresses."

If you would like any more information, please email pippa@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000.

Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Tissue Bank

The Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Tissue Bank is a national collection of central nervous system (CNS) tissue samples donated by individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease and related neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative conditions.

The vision of the Tissue Bank is one that it shares with its funding charities, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Parkinson’s UK - that we can live in a world where the cause of these debilitating neurological conditions has been discovered, and an intervention identified that stops them from developing in susceptible individuals or stops further progression of the condition.  Find out more here.

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Disability benefits assessments costs doubled

Source MS Society:

A report by the National Audit Office has found disability benefit assessments have doubled in cost to £579 million a year.

The spending watchdog also found targets are being missed and, despite more tests being done face-to-face, the quality continues to be inadequate.  Read on.

Resheduled to Monday 18th January - Next week Panorama reports on repurposing cancer drug for MS

Source BBC:
One hundred thousand people in the UK have multiple sclerosis, an incurable condition that can result in permanent disability. Panorama has exclusive access to patients pioneering a crossover cancer treatment that has enabled some MS sufferers with paralysis to regain their movement.  For more click here. 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Henley Pub Quiz

Come and join in a fun quiz and fork supper evening to support the Henley MS Support Group, part of BMSTC.

The quiz will be held on Friday 26th February starting at 7pm at Shiplake Memorial Hall.  Teams of 6 people for £90 a table (£15 per person) including a 2 course fork supper.  There will also be a licenced cash bar and raffle.

To book your team email pippa@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000.

The Henley MS Support group is a satellite group who meet each Thursday at the Thames Valley Headway building in Henley-on-Thames.  BMSTC provides a specialist MS Physiotherapy and Foot Care service.  There is also the opportunity to meet up and socialise with other people with MS and their families.  To find out more contact pippa@bmstc.org

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Your feedback wanted: New Smartphone app for Blue Badge parking

I am writing to invite you to a meeting on Friday 15 January to hear about a new project to help make parking easier for Blue Badge holders in Reading.

Reading Borough Council has been invited to join an EU Project called SIMON which is building a Smartphone app to help with navigation and finding a vacant Blue Badge parking space in the town. This app will need to be tested by local people to ensure it meets their needs.

Ideally we would like you to come along to the meeting to find out more about the app and possibly to volunteer to give feedback on how it works for you and what needs to be done to make the app more suitable and easier to use. This will enable the app to be changed and adapted according to your recommendations ahead of it being released for public use.

The meeting will take place at the Civic Offices on Bridge Street on Friday 15 January at 2.30 – 3.30 pm in the Council Chamber. In order to accommodate any access or other needs you may have, please contact me: Marian.Marsh@reading.gov.uk

Alternatively, you are very welcome to turn up on the day or to contact me by phone, letter or email to find out more about the project and how to volunteer and I will be happy to help you.

BSL interpretation will be available at the meeting.

If your organisation works closely with Blue Badge holders, please feel free to share this information with your contacts.


Marian Marsh
Senior Transport Planner

Reading Borough Council
Level 1, North Rear, Civic Offices,
Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Advance notice - No Oxygen Therapy on Monday 8th February.

Please note that our oxygen chamber is being serviced and inspected on Monday 8th February. Unfortunately we will be unable to offer oxygen therapy on that day.  Please ask at reception or call 0118 901 6000 if you would like to book an alternative session.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Powered Wheelchair for sale - Easy Care Genie

This chair will allow you to get to the standing position and to the reclined position.

The chair is fully crash tested to allow for safe use when strapped into a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.
Easy Care, the company that manufactured this chair has changed hands and is now called EasyRise Ltd and can be found on www.geniewheelchair.co.uk

EasyRise offer service and technical support in the Reading area upon request.
The chair when purchased cost £6,200 and the price for the current model is £9,000 +.
The asking price for this chair is £2,500 ono with a donation going to BMSTC.

Demonstration at the sellers home is possible subject to prior arrangement.

Please contact pippa@bmstc.org for further details.

We are looking for a new Cleaner!

Sadly our lovely cleaner, Yvonne, will be retiring at the end of January after 12 years service at BMSTC!  We are going to miss her cheery smile every morning, but know that she will be popping in to visit, and still help us by volunteering.

Do you know anyone who would be interested in taking over?

10 hours per week, ideally 8am - 10am each morning.

Please email pippa@bmstc.org or call Pip on 0118 901 6000 if you are interested or could recommend someone to us. Many thanks for your help!

Happy New Year!

Best wishes to everyone for a very happy and healthy 2016!

From all the BMSTC Team.