"Centre of Excellance for Ankylosing Spondylitis"

About: Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases

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l have lived with Ankylosing Spondylitis for over 30 years now .Along with my medications being cared for at The Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases in Bath plays a huge part in being able to self manage my condition. The journey from Bromley in Kent to Bath Somerset is worth every mile to be looked after by the expertise team that specialise in Ankylosing Spondylitis . Over the years past and present Physiotherapists that run the AS Courses have passed on to me thier expertise in excersises and AS Stretches to help me to stand tall and keep my mobility. The consultants past and present have always treated me as a person and listened to me and helped me to overcome problems i face living with Ankylosing Spondylitis. This condition also affects us physcologically and at the RNHRD they have always been concerned about my physcological state aswell as my physical state. l can honestly say that without this hospital over the last 20 years l would not be the person l am oday living with this condition. They have taught me that medications pay a huge part in managing my AS but also excersises play a huge part in managing my pain levels and keeping my mobility as good as l can. l feel that centres of excellance like the RNHRD in Bath should be promotted and people should have the choice to be treated there if they so wish. So many people are refused funding to be refered to such places being told they can be given the same services whre they live . This is untrue as the treatment and care you recieve from Bath is unique. l would like to thank all staff past and present at the RNHRD for making my life better living with Ankylosing Spondylitis .

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Response from Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases

Thank you for taking the time to write about the care and treatment you have received and your positive experiences of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. We are proud of our staff and we will pass on your compliments to the AS team. If anyone reading this message would like to know more about the AS service at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust they can find out more through the following link: http://www.rnhrd.nhs.uk/page/64