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Southern Health’s Lymington Hospital hosted a heartburning event on Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day (Tuesday 14 February) Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Barrett’s Wessex Support Group hosted a hugely successful Indigestion Awareness event at Lymington New Forest Hospital.  Patients, visitors and staff received vital information and support on the management of indigestion, heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). 
 
The event highlighted awareness of Barrett’s Oesophagus (BO), which is a pre-cancerous condition that may develop after repeated and severe episodes of GORD.  Representatives from Barrett’s Wessex Support Group offer local drop-in sessions and social events to raise money for equipment to diagnose and treat this condition.

resized Jane Leedham and Chris Robinson (Barretts Wessex) Shirley James (Gastrointestinal Nurse Specialist)

Southern Health’s Sister Shirley James is a Gastrointestinal Nurse Specialist comments; “this was a great success with people coming from Forest-wide. Concerns regarding symptoms and how to manage these with medicines and lifestyle changes were common questions. I believe this event was truly helpful to a lot of people that suffer from indigestion”. A visitor from Milford-on-Sea mentions; “This was a really informative and interesting event. I wasn’t aware that there was this kind of support available and I’m so grateful!”

If you missed the event and would like to know more about Barrett’s Oesophagus and the work of the local group, please contact the Chair, Chris Robinson: enquiries@barrettswessex.org.uk

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