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Empowering Pharmacists: The Endometriosis Education Series at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Trust.

In an effort to raise awareness and provide vital education about Endometriosis, The Endometriosis Foundation, together with Dr. Amer Raza, Endometriosis expert at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust, embarked on a mission to deliver an enlightening education series to the pharmacy directorate of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Trust. The impact of this event was nothing short of remarkable.

Stephanie Watson, who is the Integrated Care Clinical Pharmaceutical Technician, fellow Endo warrior and organiser of this fantastic event said:

"The session we did highlighted the crucial need for provision of physiotherapy services, dietician input and access to mental health counselling, especially when there are issues of fertility on the table. This disease isn't a 'patch up and go', it's more complex requiring multi-field support across primary, secondary and tertiary care for the best possible outcome of the patient".

"I want to say a huge thank you to the team at The Endometriosis Foundation for putting together such an amazing presentation. The video of the surgery has really hit home with our pharmacists about what the physical issues are behind the diagnosis. I really hope to get the chance to work with you again".

The educational series was aimed at all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working across both the RVI site and Freeman Hospital Site. These dedicated individuals are an integral part of the integrated Care Team of Pharmacists and Technicians, their daily tasks revolve around working on wards with patients, issuing medicines, counselling, and reconciliation during admission and discharge, making them a critical link in the healthcare chain.

The core objective of this event was to equip this dedicated team with the knowledge and tools they need to better understand Endometriosis and its potential effects. Why, you ask? Well, because people with Endometriosis often find themselves spending considerable face-to-face time with their pharmacists. By arming these healthcare professionals with the right information, we can ensure that patients receive the support they need, right from the ground up.

Endometriosis is a condition that affects countless individuals, and its impact on their lives can be profound. From chronic pain to bladder and bowel problems, and issues with fertility, Endometriosis can be a complex and challenging journey. Pharmacists, as trusted healthcare providers, play a pivotal role in offering guidance, support, and referrals when necessary.

During the event, the attendees were provided with invaluable insights into the world of Endometriosis. Dr. Amer Raza, with his wealth of expertise, led the discussions, ensuring that the audience left with a deeper understanding of the condition. This knowledge will undoubtedly enable pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to provide better care and assistance to patients presenting with Endometriosis.

The importance of such educational initiatives cannot be overstated. In healthcare, knowledge truly is power, and when healthcare professionals are armed with the right information, they can make an immense difference in the lives of their patients.

At The Endometriosis Foundation, we are committed to spreading awareness, breaking down barriers, and ensuring that those affected by Endometriosis receive the support and understanding they need. We are immensely proud of this collaboration and the positive impact it has had on the healthcare landscape in Newcastle upon Tyne.

As we continue to move forward in our mission, we look forward to more opportunities to educate, enlighten, and empower. Because together, we can make a difference.

Stay tuned for more updates on our efforts to raise Endometriosis awareness and provide vital education where it's needed most. We're in this together!

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