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Addison's support group set to meet

21 December 2017

People with Addison's disease are being invited to find out more about sick day rules for patients by attending the next meeting of the North East Essex Support Group.

The group will hold its next meeting in the outpatients department on the first floor of Clacton Hospital, in Tower Road, on Wednesday 17 January from 6pm until 8pm.

During the meeting, Dr Charles Bodmer, who is a consultant endocrinologist based at Colchester General Hospital, will give more information about sick days for patients with Addison’s disease, while there will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

The informal session is open to anyone whose life is affected by Addison’s, including patients, family members, friends and carers. The disease, which is also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism, is a rare disorder of the adrenal glands.

It affects an estimated 300 people in north east Essex, and can cause symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness, low mood, loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss and increased thirst.

Refreshments will be provided at the meeting, and anyone attending can park for free at the hospital.

For more information about the meeting, contact Angela Barron on 01255 201622 or email angela.barron@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk