Rehabilitation at Astley Ainslie for Parkinson’s

RAAP Group

The RAAP group is run by the neurological rehabilitation outpatient team at the Astley Ainslie Hospital. It is a 6-week programme of education for people with Parkinson’s.

Each week there is an exercise session followed by a group discussion about different aspects of Parkinson’s.

The exercise sessions encourage you to find ways of maintaining general fitness and mobility. Advice is given about specific exercises and strategies for some of the physical problems of Parkinson’s. Exercise sessions are led by a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Some of the topics covered in the group discussions are: drugs used in Parkinson’s; sleep problems; pacing and activities of daily living; diet; communication and relaxation techniques. A wide range of healthcare professionals provide input to the group discussions. These include: occupational therapists, nurses, psychologists, dieticians; speech and language therapists.

The RAAP group is held at Astley Ainslie Hospital. We aim to run the group twice a year. Each group is attended by approximately 6-10 people with Parkinson’s.

If you would like further information about the RAAP group, please contact:

Irene Nicol, Outpatient Coordinator
The School, Astley Ainslie Hospital
Telephone: 0131 537 9065
Email: irene.nicol@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk