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Motor Neurone Disease Global Awareness Day

Monday 20th June

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Support for people living with motor neurone disease

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a life-shortening and progressing neurological disease that affects the brain and nerves. Farleigh Hospice offers a range of care and support to manage symptoms and help our MND patients to achieve the best possible quality of life.

Our MND Co-ordinator, Joseph Giuseppe Franco, explains our co-ordinated approach and some of the services that we provide.

“Farleigh Hospice takes a flexible, holistic approach to motor neurone disease, providing clinical, practical, spiritual and emotional support.

Our patients are referred to us from MND centres in Basildon, Romford and London. As the MND Co-ordinator, I am their first point of contact. I will go to see them in their home with one of our clinical team for their initial visit.

My role is non-clinical. I co-ordinate the different services, talking to consultants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and other professionals so our MND patients and their families get the support that they need.

I am also the link between Farleigh and the MND Association which provides grants and helps with home adaptations, including ramps and stair lifts.

We help the patient and their family to plan for their future, whilst also supporting them to make the most of their time now.

Farleigh Hospice supports Global MND Awareness Day on Tuesday 21 June. Six people are diagnosed with motor neurone disease every day in the U.K. The early symptoms of MND can look similar to a stroke or stress so it is important to raise awareness to give them an early diagnosis.”

To find out more about the care and support that we provide for people living with motor neurone disease across mid Essex, please read our leaflet below.

If you have any questions:

  • Call our Advice Line - 01245 455478 - 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm
  • Email our MND Co-ordinator -