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Children with asthma and epilepsy in the Newmarket and Mildenhall area are set to benefit from the appointment of two new hospital-based community specialist asthma and epilepsy nurses.

The two posts are funded by the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WSCCG)and both nurses will provide support to children with asthma or epilepsy and their families so they will be able to manage their condition with confidence.

Dr Rakesh Raja, GP lead for WSCCG said: “There are around 920 children with asthma and 250 with epilepsy in west Suffolk. For these children and their families it can be difficult and sometimes frightening to deal with the consequences of these conditions.

“We want children with asthma or epilepsy to live their lives as normally as possible. By linking with families and primary care the nurses will be able to offer the help patients need to manage their long term condition on a daily basis.

“By working in partnership with West Suffolk Hospital and local GP practices the nurses will be able to offer a seamless level of continuous care for those children with asthma or epilepsy and their families.”

 

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