Community MS Specialist Nurse

Sue Barnden Community MS Specialist Nurse is getting back into swing of things after being off work; reviewing appointments scheduling and frequency of follow up.

Sue is running clinics as follows

o   OCE all day Wednesday fourth Monday in month may increase this to include another day.

o   Abingdon third Monday in afternoon starting today 19th November.

o   Banbury fourth Thursday in month afternoon starting January 2018.

Contact Sue to make an appointment, 01865 737465

Steventon Choral Society – Tickets are now available

Tickets are now available to purchase at the centre:

Steventon Choral Society

‘December Delights’

Saturday 15th December and Thursday 20th December 2018

7.30pm, Steventon Village Hall

Tickets £10 includes interval refreshments.

Saturday concert in aid of the Centre

Many thanks to Patricia Sadler, our Osteopath.

The Government has changed the law to make cannabis for medicinal use legal under prescription.

Source MS Society:  The Government has today changed the law to make cannabis for medicinal use legal under prescription.

But it’s likely that nothing will change in the short term for the one in 10 people with MS who could get relief from pain and muscle spasms by using medicinal cannabis.

We’re calling for the interim guidance on prescribing medicinal cannabis to be urgently reviewed so that access to the treatment isn’t so heavily restricted. Read on. 

NICE pauses final decision on ocrelizumab for primary progressive MS

Source MS Trust: NICE has announced that it is pausing the publication of final guidance for ocrelizumab for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

The final decision was due to be published on the NICE website on 31 October and would have rejected ocrelizumab as an NHS treatment for primary progressive MS on the grounds of cost-effectiveness.

The MS Trust now understands that this final decision has been postponed(link is external) while further discussions take place between the drug company and NHS England. We welcome this move as it demonstrates a willingness on both sides to engage further in the debate around this drug which could have a substantial impact on the lives of people with primary progressive MS.  Read on.

Centre Christmas Lunch 


Date – Wednesday 12th December

Time – 12 for 12.30

Venue – Park Place Brasserie, Milton Park

Price – 3 courses £18, 2 courses £16 (including tip)


Leek and Potato Soup (V) (GF)

Salmon Gravadlax with a Beetroot and Horseradish Salad and Caper Dressing

Chicken Liver Pate with Festive Chutney

all served with Bread rolls

Main courses:

Roast Turkey Crown  served with pigs in blankets and stuffing (GF on request)

Butternut Squash Lasagne served with tomato and garlic bread (V)

Baked Lemon Butter Salmon En Papillote, baked salmon on a bed of vegetable mirepoix with lemon butter and white wine sauce (GF)

Steak, Guinness and Walnut Pie, slow cooked prime beef, marinated with guinness and braised with pickled walnuts.  Served in a herb crusted pastry tulip

All served with a selection of seasonal vegetables, roasted and new potatoes


Warm Belgium Chocolate Fudge Cake (V)

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce (GF on request)

Normandy Apple Tart with fresh Cream (V)

Coffee and Mince Pies

Merry Christmas!

October 100 club winners

October 100 club winners:

1st Sue Doran

2nd Babs Copley

3rd Angie Duncan

Join our 100 club for a share of the 100 prize fund every month, speak to Sue or Reception for details, just £5 a month.

Milton Park Monthly Updates

Milton Park
An MEPC Asset
30th October 2018
Issue 002
This newsletter brings you the latest and greatest stories from around the park.
October has been a busy month, with November set to be even busier with the opening of Courtyard by Marriott on 12th November. Please contact Jordan Rowefor more information. Carry on reading to find our more!
Published on: 27/09/2018
Veronica wins prestigious award
Thank you for taking part in the Milton Park 2040 Vision Survey! We had nearly 1200 participants take part and the responses have been brilliant. They’ve given the team some good ideas and perceptions for the continuation of the 2040 Vision project.
November Mingle
The Mingle at Milton Park returns again. Join the Milton Park team for a Travel Special event. You will hear from award winning Travel Advisor, Veronica and John Birtwistle from First Group on The Future of Mobility. Don’t forget to mingle and of course, eat!
Published on: 27/09/2018
Wave Optics take space at 141 Park Drive East
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Milton Park Christmas Market 2018
2040 Vision open house drop-in session
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Date for your diaries

Date for your diaries:

WEDS 12th DECEMBER, MS Centre Christmas Lunch at Park Place Brasserie, Milton Park, 12 for 12.30.  Further details will follow soon.

Novartis bets priority review voucher on its next big multiple sclerosis drug — eyes US, EU approvals in ’19

Source Endpoints News: One of Novartis’ top late-stage candidates for multiple sclerosis is now under review on both sides of the Atlantic.

Having stoked enthusiasm for siponimod through a solid Phase III data package, the Swiss drugmaker traded in a priority review voucher at the FDA for an expedited action date around March of next year. The EMA decision, meanwhile, will likely come in late 2019.

If Novartis appears upbeat, it’s for obvious reasons.  Read on. 

Former watchdog chief labels disabled benefits process a ‘hostile environment’

Source The Guardian: Andrew McDonald, who chaired Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, says the system is ‘Kafka-esque’

A former top civil servant has criticised the disability benefits assessment system as a “hostile environment” after being told he was ineligible for support despite having Parkinson’s and terminal prostate cancer.

Andrew McDonald, 56, who ran the parliamentary body overseeing MPs expenses before retiring on health grounds, had his benefits stopped after assessors decided he was no longer ill enough to qualify for personal independence payment (PIP).  Read on.