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BSR/BHPR Conference (Liverpool April 2008)

As members of ARMA, FMA UK were invited to have a stand at the British Society of Rheumatology and British Health Professions Rheumatology joint annual conference held this year at the new Arena Centre in Liverpool. It took place between the 21st and the 25th April 2008.

This is the primary conference for rheumatology health professionals in Britain and the potential to promote fibromyalgia awareness in this area of medicine was important. We needed literature suitable for professionals so the office in Stourbridge were very busy in the few weeks before, preparing booklets with some of Devin Starlanyl’s guidance on FM and Myofascial pain. The front cover was professionally printed in our corporate colours of yellow and black and made a very pleasing presentation.

The multidisciplinary medical pack had an insert of the new EULAR guidelines to bring it right up to date. A bookmark with the FMA UK logo and address with a definition of fibromyalgia was printed and laminated. The reverse side included useful websites for further information. The Big Eze pens proved to be extremely popular.

Betty and Norman Farron volunteered to set up on Monday 21st and stay at Liverpool for the duration of the conference. Sue Strafford-Binks helped to man the stand on Wednesday and allowed Norman some time off, while on Thursday Pam Stewart attended and Betty had the morning off.

Several hundred delegates made the effort to visit our stand, which was situated beside a number of other health care charities. It was encouraging that so many targeted us particularly and said that they were seeing more and more fibromyalgia patients. Awareness is improving!

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