1. Coronavirus: It is with regret that Medway Neurological Network has decided to suspend ALL of its face-to-face services including Medway Skylarks and the Neuro-cafes that it organises or promotes. This decison is on the basis of very clear advice from Neurological charities and from the Canterbury Cantata Trust.
The neurological charities have started issuing advice on this, particularly on concerns that a particular condition, or a particular treatment, may affect the associated risk to health. In line with general public health advice, people with a neurological condition should ensure that they wash their hands frequently and where possible avoid being within one metre of people who are coughing and sneezing.
Those with other health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, should be especially careful to observe these recommendations.
If you believe you may have been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19), in the first instance you should contact the NHS 111 coronavirus
service. If you remain concerned you can speak to your GP or neurologist.
2. BUS PASS SUCCESS: Disabled and Senior Bus Passes can NOW be used before 9am in Medway.
The passes will be able to be used on services provided by Arriva, Nu-Venture and ASD Coaches before 9am, click HERE
Medway Neurological Network has been campaigning strongly for this change for a number of years and we need to thank Phil Bungay for working tirelessly to help achieve this outcome.
3. Medway Skylark to go online:
We are exploring ways to form a 'virtual' choir and you can join our trial of Phil Self's 'The Isolation Choir' available on the Skylarks TAB
4. Cancelled: Disability Medway Network, Connecting People Event, Friday 27 March, 11.30am to 3pm: Rochester Library & Community Hub ME1 1EW.
Please click Here
to see the poster; spread the word.
5. Suspended: Jasper's Community Cafe Neuro-cafe, Fridays 1pm to 3pm: Situated at Medway Adult Education, Rochester, in the Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate, ME1 1EW. This neuro-cafe is associated with an optional, free Medway Adult Education Tai Chi Class running from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
See our Neuro-cafes
page for more details and/ or call 01634 338400.
On Tuesdays Medway Adult Education runs a free, therapeutic 'Drumming for the Mind' class from 11am to 12.30pm social. After the drumming class we retire to Jaspers for refreshments and a chat.
6. Suspended: Singing for the Memory Medway:
Join the new singing group that is designed for people with dementia and other cognitive impairments. Sessions held on second Friday of each month from 2pm to 4pm at The Parish Centre, St Peter's Church, Delce Road, Rochester ME1 2EH. To see the flyer, please click HERE
, and to see the dates through 2019/20 please click HERE
7. Neurological Alliance has published:
i). The findings of the Patient Experience Survey, see Here for the Key Findings and Here for the Policy Report. Thank you to all those who participated in this survey. ii). Neuro-Numbers 19, giving the latest incidence figures for neurological conditions - click Here to see this report. 8. First Disease Modifying Drug for Early Progressive MS approved by NHS: see Jon Jeffery's (MS Society, Medway) interview broadcast on ITV Meridian on 13 May where he gives his reaction to the approval of Ocrelizumab. This drug is expected to be made available from September 2019.