A new community health service launched last year to help patients with an agonising condition has been praised.
The musculoskeletal service, which began helping those on the Fylde coast with injuries or pain in their joints on muscles in September, means they can be seen in clinics across the area rather than waiting for a hospital appointment.
I was having a lot of pain in my thumb to the point where I couldn’t lift anything and my range of movement was significantly lacking
Samantha Bainbridge, from St Annes, said: “I was having a lot of pain in my thumb to the point where I couldn’t lift anything and my range of movement was significantly lacking. I love to crochet and couldn’t crochet any more so it was getting quite bad.
“I went to see my GP who gave me a referral to the community service. I only had to wait three weeks for the appointment and it all happened at Lytham which was very convenient.
“An x-ray showed I had arthritis and I got an appointment to have a cortisone injection and ultrasound.
“It was all over and done with so quickly I couldn’t believe it and when I came back for my six-week appointment I was back crocheting!”