Come along to our free Health Talk

Posted: June 18, 2014

A short history of tics, twitches and tremors

Local people are invited to learn more about tics, twitches and tremors in the latest in our series of health talks. Get the latest tips and expert advice from Consultant Neurologist Dr Graham Lennox, who has over 25 years' experience in neurology.

The free talk is being held on Wednesday 2 July in Lecture Hall 1, The Academy, GWH, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Light refreshments will be provided from 6pm. Everybody is welcome and booking is not required, just come along!

Did you know?

  • Tics are rapid, repetitive, involuntary contractions of a group of muscles
  • Motor tics are bodily movements such as facial twitching
  • Phonic or vocal tics are tics that involve sounds such as coughing
  • Essential tremor is a type of uncontrollable shake or tremble of part of the body
  • Tourette's syndrome is a condition where both motor and phonic tics are experienced over at least 12 months.
  • Tourettes's syndrome affects around 1 in 100 children in the UK.

Vimbai Lyons, Governance Officer, who organised the event, said: "Our Trust is full of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are experts on health conditions which affect hundreds of people every day. The aim of our health talks is to share this wealth of knowledge so local people can learn more about various conditions and how to manage them."

Anyone who lives in the area, works for the Trust, or has been a patient or service user, can register as a member of the Trust for free. The Trust already has around 11,000 members who can have their say on patient services, influence decisions and receive regular updates on the latest developments. Find out more about Foundation Trust membership at

Upcoming Health Talks

  • Wednesday 3 September - How to survive your menopause by David Griffiths and Kevin Jones
  • Wednesday 5 November - Prostates, Bladders and Willies by Rupert Beck.

All health talks take place 6.30pm-7.30pm, in Lecture Hall 1, The Academy, Great Western Hospital.

If you have any questions please email or phone 01793 604185. 

For information about becoming a member of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust visit the Members section

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