A week ago today, I hosted my annual PIP Workshop at King’s College Hospital, in South East London, to kick off #SickleCellAwareness month. I am still on a high because the feed back I’m receiving from attendees indicates that we did a good job in educating people about PIP. I thoroughly enjoy hosting these workshops because I honestly believe the only way the Sickle community can begin to shift the welfare paradigm is to take the time to understand what is currently going on with welfare reform and how it is adversely affecting them.

The real heroes at the workshop were the patients who, although most of them were in a lot of pain and discomfort due to #SCD, still came out in huge numbers. The three hospital trusts in the South East of  London have some of the largest numbers of sickle cell caseloads, so it is truly an honour for me to be able to bring patients from the whole region together for these important educational events.

I’m sounding like a broken record with my many thank you messages but, seriously, I want to say thank you to everyone. I look forward to next year and hope that we can do even better. @STSTNetwork @KingsCollegeNHS @kingshealth @GSTTnhs @EvelinaLondon @gpadmore1 @MariaBerghs @SickleWelfare #DisruptForSickleCell #DisruptTheStatusQuo.

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