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A support group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been launched by Frimley Park Hospital.

It allows IBD patients who are cared for at Frimley to support each other and share advice in a relaxed environment away from the hospital.

The group was set up by Frimley Park IBD clinical nurse specialist Beverley Kirkham in June and she is now inviting more patients to its next meeting.

This will take place on Tuesday 12 September at Farnborough Rugby Club in Tile Barn Close, Farnborough from 7.30pm-10pm. Several patients will be talking about their experiences.

Beverley said: “Many people with IBD find it difficult to speak openly about their condition.

“But by attending our patient group meetings you will have an opportunity to talk to others affected by IBD, support each other and share advice.

“Visitors to our previous meetings have spoken of their relief at being able to talk freely with those who truly understand the difficulties the condition can cause.

“And they have also found a common determination to try to get on with life despite the challenges they may face.”

IBD is an umbrella term for two long term conditions that involve inflammation of the gut: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

People of any age can get IBD but it is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.

For further information, please contact Beverley Kirkham, IBD nurse specialist at Frimley Park Hospital, via email at frimleyibd@fhft.nhs.uk.