Parkinson's UK 

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Local contact details for Parkinson's UK
Coventry Branch Meeting venue: Unitarian Church Hall, 116 Holyhead Road, Coventry, CV1 3AE
Day: Fourth Thursday of the month
Contact: Doreen Ebbrell
Telephone: 024 7630 1205
Leamington and District Branch Meeting venue: The Helen Ley Centre, Bericote Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6QP
Day: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Contact: Pam Marchant, Branch Secretary
Telephone: 01926 850869
Rugby Branch Meeting venue: Rugby United Reformed Church, 40 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5AD
Day: Last Thursday of the month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Contact: Jim Cave
Telephone: 01788 573399
Nuneaton and Bedworth Support Group Meeting venue: St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Hall, Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth, Warwickshire, CV12 8JH
Day: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Contact: Anne Askins, Group Lead
Telephone: 024 7637 4607
Atherstone Support Group Meeting venue: St Peter's Church, Mancetter Road, Mancetter, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 1NL
Day: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 2pm
Contact: Jan Naylor
Telephone: 01675 464802
Stratford Branch Meeting venue: Stratford Sports Club,

Swans Nest Lane, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 7LS
Day: Fourth Monday of the month 
Time: 1.45pm-4.00pm
Contact: Carol Longden
Telephone: 01789 721798
Contact: Cecilia Evans
Telephone: 01386 872762

Younger Persons Parkinson’s Group Meeting Venue: Bishops Tachbrook Sports and Social Club, Kingsley Road, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa. CV33 9RR
Day: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 7pm
(For more information contact Lisa Turley - see below)

Parkinson’s UK Local Advisers contact details

Note that the Parkinson's Local Advisers were previously known as Information and Support Workers.

Anne Sage
West Coventry, Birmingham East and North, Solihull
Tel: 0344 225 3762

Lisa Turley
North Warwickshire and East Coventry (as far as Stratford upon Avon)
Tel: 0344 225 3649

Rekha Tanna Hirani
South Warwickshire (south of Stratford incl Kineton) & Gloucestershire
Tel: 0344 225 9821

Parkinson's UK regional officers

Geoff King
Service Improvement Advisor
Parkinson’s UK
Tel: 0344 225 3693
Mob: 07887 995120

Dawn Carr (West Mids, Shrops, Staffs, Herefordshire, Worcs)
Area Development Manager
Parkinson’s UK
Tel: 0344 225 3640

Abbi Hayden
Area Development Manager (Warwickshire, Glos, Oxon, Bucks)
Parkinson’s UK
Tel: 0300 123 3678


The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network


The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network was launched on 3 February 2015 at St. James Theatre, London. The Network was set up to drive improvements in services, experiences and outcomes for people affected by Parkinson's by:

  • strengthening the voice of people affected
  • equipping professionals to influence services
  • developing the right expert workforce
  • enabling professionals to work together for change

The Network is designed to be inclusive of anyone involved in delivering Parkinson's services. In the West Midlands, we have more than 200 members mainly doctors, Parkinson’s nurses and therapists but also managers, pharmacists and psychologists. These healthcare professionals meet once a year to discuss means by which care of people with Parkinson’s can be improved in our region and there is regular email discussion and updates between meetings.

The West Midlands Parkinson’s Network is jointly led by Dr Andrea Lindahl and Dr Lucy Strens, consultant neurologists based at UHCW in Coventry.

The Network is currently working on a number of areas including:

  • Earlier referrals to therapists from the point of diagnosis
  • Education and Self-Management Programmes supporting people with Parkinson’s to stay well and active
  • Avoiding unnecessary hospital admission: prompt recognition and treatment of infections, prevention and management of constipation, preventing falls where possible
  • Improving the experience of people with Parkinson’s in hospital
  • Identifying inequalities in access to services and the ‘Postcode lottery’
  • Ensuring people with Parkinson’s can access non-oral therapies when appropriate

We are developing better links between professionals involved in the care of people with Parkinson’s locally, regionally and also nationally, sharing ideas and examples of good practice.

We are keen to hear from you!

If you have comments or suggestions on how the Parkinson’s service in Coventry and Warwickshire could be improved, please contact your local Parkinson’s UK Branch chair or your local advisor (see details above). The local team of medical professionals and Parkinson’s UK colleagues meet every three months and we would welcome your feedback.

Updated 22 April 2016