There are more than 60 MS therapy centres across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands, as well as one in Gibraltar which was founded in 2006. The majority (though not all) of these are members of MSNTC.
Each MS therapy centre is an individual charity with dedicated volunteers (some centres are entirely run by volunteers) and donors who give freely of their time and money. Some centres receive funding from local NHS boards, but most are reliant on donations and fundraising activities for their income. A high proportion of centre directors/trustees are people affected by MS. Staff and volunteers have appropriate training and qualifications for delivering therapy, such as HPC accreditation (for physiotherapists and nurses) and training from MS National Therapy Centres for oxygen operators.
As awareness about centres has grown, many centres have found that there is a demand for services for people with other neurological or chronic conditions. In particular, oxygen treatment has been shown to be of benefit to people with conditions such as Fibromyalgia, ME or those who have suffered a stroke.
NB. Each centre works differently and as such, not all centres offer, or are able to offer, any or all treatments and therapies to people with conditions other than MS. Some centres are able to accommodate only neurological conditions whilst others also see people with cancer, diabetic ulcers and other non-neurological conditions. To find out which conditions a centre can offer support with, you should contact the individual centres. Details of how to do this can be found on our Find a Centre page.
More than 15,000 people use the MS therapy centres each week, but there are estimated to be at least 100,000 people with MS in the UK, not to mention the other conditions some centres are now seeing, so many more people could benefit from the services provided to manage their symptoms.
Our centres work on a self-referral basis This means that you do not need to be referred by a healthcare professional in order to access treatments and services (although many centres will ask you to notify your GP of which treatments you are accessing, for information purposes). Centre users (often, but not always, referred to as members) can choose one or a selection of treatments to manage their symptoms in a way which works best for them.
Centres exist to help people with MS (and other neurological conditions) continue to live as normal a life as possible. Therefore, while it is not always possible due to staffing and capacity, they will try to fit treatments and appointments in at times convenient to centre users.
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