First test clinic to launch in Leeds

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A pioneering new mobile testing clinic will allow Leeds residents to undergo screening for two little-known conditions.

SRUK is offering people the chance to take a quick non-invasive test for Raynaud’s and underlying conditions, including scleroderma.

The drop-in clinic will be open from 9am to 5pm from Monday, June 26 to Sunday, July 2 on Briggate Street in the city centre.

The pilot clinic by SRUK (Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK) is the first of its kind in the country and is aimed at raising awareness of the two conditions. Raynaud’s affects blood supply to the body’s extremities, and a small number of people with the condition go on to develop scleroderma, a more serious connective tissue disorder that can cause disability and be life-threatening.

Dr Francesco Del Galdo, consultant rheumatologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Scleroderma is a disease that can seriously impact people’s quality of life. It is important to identify those people who are showing the early signs of the disease so treatment can be started to try and minimise the impact of the condition.

“This pilot testing programme in Leeds is critical in helping to raise awareness of the need for greater investment in to research for Raynaud’s and scleroderma.”

The clinic is open to everyone, although residents who suffer unusually cold fingers and toes, numbness, tingling or pain in the fingers or toes or colour changes to the skin in response to cold or stress are advised to go along.

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Miles Celic of TheCityUK

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