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Nurse sets up website for younger arthritis patients

A Scottish specialist nurse has led the development of a website aimed at improving the lifestyles of younger patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthur’s Place was founded by Andrea McBride, a rheumatology nurse specialist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

The website, which has taken around a year to develop and design, went live on 6 January and is aimed at the 18-35 age group.

Ms McBride said: “I wanted to create an information source for young people living with arthritis that was relevant to young lifestyles and genuinely useful.

“There are lots of great medical and charity sites and there are tips for older people with this disease or for parents caring for children with arthritis,” she said. “But, I simply didn’t know where to send my patients in their late teens and 20s, for practical and emotional support beyond the hospital itself.

“So, I decided to create a new website with young people in mind. I wanted it to be more like a glossy magazine, with friends, and about real life,” she added.

Arthur’s Place was set up with educational grants from three pharmaceutical companies – Pfizer, Roche and UCB – and has the support of NHS Lothian, which runs the Western General.

 

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