While you're waiting
The pandemic has meant that many operations and procedures have been postponed. Some people are waiting to see a GP and many people are waiting longer for surgery and other treatments.
This can be an anxious time and you probably have questions and concerns. We are here for you, while you're waiting.
Information and advice
There are things you can do to help manage your physical and mental wellbeing while you’re waiting. Even small changes can make a big difference.
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
If you’d like to talk to someone, have concerns or want to hear from others with arthritis, our online community, Facebook and Twitter communities are available 24/7 making sure you’re never alone.
Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm.
Where to find extra support
- Your local pharmacist can also be a good source of support. They can help to advise you about your medications.
- Speak to your GP or practice nurse at your surgery if you feel your condition is getting worse. You can call 111 or 999 in an emergency.
Videos to stay active
Our stretching videos
Our fifteen-minute stretching videos are led by physiotherapist Jay and designed specifically for people living with arthritis.
Let's move with Leon
Let’s Move with Leon are online 30-minute movement classes designed to help people with arthritis exercise at home.
Free online movement classes
Our free gentle movement videos include Tai Chi and stretches to help improve balance and increase joint mobility.
Visit our online community
Our online services for you
Our online community is here for everyone. Stay connected and talk to others living with arthritis.
Chat to AVA, the Arthritis Virtual Assistant
Learn about AVA - our Arthritis Virtual Assistant, including what it is, why it's helpful and what happens to your conversation.
The COVID-19 Virtual Assistant, to provide much needed additional support to people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
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