Lord Mayor visits Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

27/08/2014

The Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon recently visited the MS Clinic at Belfast City Hospital.

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) clinic at Belfast City Hospital is the main outpatient clinic for MS patients in Northern Ireland. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms. The clinic in Belfast City Hospital is the main clinic providing consultations for those with complex neurological needs arising from the disease and is a major co-ordinator of the disease modifying therapy (DMT) programme for MS patients.

The Lord Mayor met 30 patients along with their friends, carers, relatives as well as healthcare professionals and representatives from the MS Society. The Lord Mayor was shown around the facilities and engaged with patients and staff on the visit.

Dr. Gavin McDonnell, Belfast Trust said: “We were delighted to be able to have the Lord Mayor visit the MS Clinic. MS is the commonest progressive neurological disease affecting young adults, Northern Ireland has one of the highest prevalence rates in the world, and it touches the lives of many and at all ages, with its physical, emotional and social impacts. Patients and carers were really appreciative of the interest and commitment demonstrated by the Lord Mayor and hope that this enhances understanding of the condition among a wider audience”

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon said: “I was delighted to visit the MS clinic at Belfast City Hospital. MS affects all ages and those living with the illness face physical, emotional and social challenges every day that most of us could never imagine. Having spoken with a number of patients, it is clear how important this clinic is in helping them to face up to these difficulties and cope with all that life throws at them. The level of care and support they receive at this clinic is outstanding.”