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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Joint effort to help fund research

PATIENTS who have undergone joint replacements at the West Cumberland Hospital will today take part in a sponsored walk around Whitehaven harbour.

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Ready for the off: Some of the patients who will take part in the sponsored walk at Whitehaven harbour today with consultant surgeon Suresh Rao, third left, and his team

The orthopaedics department has organised the event to raise public awareness and money to fund pioneering new research into osteoarthritis – which can result in the need for joint surgery.

About 100 former patients who have undergone hip, knee, shoulder or elbow replacements are taking part in The Great Cumbrian Joint Walk, which will be accompanied by a family fun day.

This will include live entertainment and kids activities, taking place on the harbour from 10 am to 5pm.

The Mayor of Whitehaven and other dignitaries are expected to attend.

A similar event in 2004 raised more than £16,000 for the department.

Suresh Rao, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital said: “Research has a really important role to play in improving the health of our community.

“This event will give us an opportunity to talk to local people about the research activities in the hospital and how simple lifestyle changes can make a difference to people with arthritis,” he added.

“There will also be information on how the money will be used to tailor clinical services for the needs of people with arthritis.”

PMcGowan@cngroup.co.uk

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