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A Carlisle doctor raises awareness of Parkinson's Disease

Posted on Thursday 10th November 2011

Dr Emma Allison

Parkinson’s UK – the support and research charity - is passionate about finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

Dr Emma Allison, 24, a junior doctor at the Cumberland Infirmary, has been raising awareness of Parkinson’s at the hospital in Carlisle to make sure people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time.

Part of Parkinson’s UK’s Get it on Time campaign, Emma has conducted an audit into whether people with the condition get their medication when they need it after being admitted to acute admissions.

If people with Parkinson’s don’t get their medication on time, the balance of chemicals in their brains can become severely disrupted – leading to the symptoms of the condition becoming uncontrolled – and they can become very ill. The Cumberland Infirmary-based doctor has put a series of measures in place, including allowing people with Parkinson’s to self-medicate and more careful assessments, to improve the experience for people with the condition.

Emma has become so involved in raising awareness of Parkinson’s, next month she  will be raising vital funds for the charity when she hosts a cocktail and raffle evening at Foxes Café in Carlisle on Thursday 24 November. The funds raised will be donated to the local branch of the charity in Carlisle.

Dr Allison said: ‘Although Parkinson’s disease is extremely common, there is still poor awareness and understanding of the condition amongst the public and many in the health care profession. I wanted to improve the care these patients receive by guidelines for those coming to the acute admissions unit and providing alternative routes of medication if unable to take tablets by mouth. Patients and carers can also help by bringing their medication and prescriptions with them. The charity was great in their support of my audit. I wanted to give something back to them and thought a fundraising evening would also help raise awareness of the charity’s good work.’

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Holding an event like this is a fantastic way to raise vital funds to support our work. As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is totally dependent on donations.

“We are incredibly grateful to Emma for her support. I hope the event will be a huge success and will encourage others to hold their own events”.

To find out how you can raise money for Parkinson’s UK visit or contact the Events team on 020 7963 9319. 

For more information about Parkinson’s UK’s Get it on Time campaign, visit

For information and support call the Parkinson’s UK free confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303 or visit