Some of you may recognise one of the faces visiting Parliament today, Jim Carter aka, Mr Carson from Downton Abbey. He was visiting to help raise awareness on essential tremors with the National Tremor Foundation (NTF).
On Downton, Mr Carson had an essential tremor, affecting his ability to work as a butler. An essential tremor is a movement disorder which causes an uncontrollable shake or tremble in part of the body. The condition can result in a disability, suffering and dependence on medication. Many patients become isolated as a consequence of their tremor and may feel comfortable about going out in public. It is estimated that around 4% of the UK population suffers from an essential tremor, and from that percentage about 200,000 people suffer severely from its symptoms.
Some of my own constituents have an essential tremor so I welcomed the opportunities that the drop in session provided to hear from patients, clinicians and campaigners associated with the condition.
Today the NTF and Professor Giedroyc were highlighting a new, life changing treatment with approval for use from NICE. The non-invasive ultrasound session can reduce or stop the tremors entirely. The NHS England have started the process to develop a commissioning policy for the treatment and this is something I have been in communication with the Department of Health and NHS England about.
It is rare that a medical treatment has an instant impact but this new ultrasound can really change patient’s lives for the better.
Take a look at the video for more information about the treatment and the positive outcomes for patients. I hope it is not too long before people in Tamworth can access this new treatment.