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Bracknell Forest Domestic Support Service

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapy

The NHS in East Berkshire now has a number of therapists trained and able to provide therapy for Parkinson's Disease patients using the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment which is the only therapy regime with clinically proven long term benefits. The treatment is a very intensive 4 week programme focussing on improving loudness in speech but there are additional benefits in most aspects of verbal communications. Treatment is free and you should ask your GP for a referral to the Speech and Language Therapy Department.  Further information is available from Phillip Mannion on 01344 877610 and you can also read more about this therapy at www.lsvt.org.

AbilityNet

AbilityNet is a national charity that helps people with disabilities to use computers and the internet. Their website explains how they can help people at home - they have extensive support services and you can even buy a computer from them. They also have a local office for the Thames Valley area in Reading which you can visit - their phone number is  0870 2404455.  The details of the local office are available here.

Expert Patients Programme

The Berkshire East Primary Care Trust runs a programme called the Expert Patients Programme to help people manage long-term health conditions. These courses run regularly in Slough, Maidenhead and Bracknell.

Call them on  01753 635615 or email at pals.berkseast@berkshire.nhs.uk to book a place.
 
Free transport was provided for the previous courses so may be provided again in the future.

Local Contact Numbers

 
Thames Valley Police 0845 8505 505
Frimley Park Hospital 01276 604 604
Heatherwood & Wexham Park 01344 623 333
Royal Berkshire 0118 322 5111
Age UK Bracknell 01344 428 074
British Rail - Disabled Assistance 0845 6000 650
Citizens Advice Bureau Bracknell 0845 120 2969
Crossroads Wokingham 0118 979 5324
Patient Advice and Liaison (PALS) Bracknell 01344 823 262
Social Services Bracknell 01344 352 858
 

National Helplines

Dept of Work and Pensions Enquiries                    0800 882 200               
Parkinson's UK Helpline                                          0808 800 0303