OVER 1,000 people with Parkinson’s in Yorkshire and Humber have been receiving expert advice from a support worker.

Charity Parkinson UK have provided the assistance to people with the degenerative disease of the brain.

The disease affects the nerve cells involved in movement and hinders things others take for granted such as talking, walking, swallowing and writing.

The new Government and changing health and social care environment has meant that local ISWs in Yorkshire and the Humber region have answered more than 3,200 queries from people affected by Parkinson’s on health and social care in 2010.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, there are 10,284 people with Parkinson’s and 11 ISWs covering the area.

Jayne Riggall, regional information and support manager for Parkinson’s UK, said: “We are helping more people affected by Parkinson’s than ever before and our Information and Support Workers are an essential part of the service we offer.”

The helpline number is: 0808 800 0303.