Barts Multiple Sclerosis Listeriosis Prevention Pack
We are raising £6000 which will be used to develop a listeriosis prevention pack.
Currently, patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who are treated with medications that suppress their immune system, are at risk of infections. One of these, listeria, is a potentially deadly food-bourne bacteria. Listeria infection can be prevented by following dietary and lifestyle modifications.
This project will deliver a listeriosis prevention pack containing a food choice and hygiene manual, food stickers, fridge magnet, wallet card and thermometer. This pack will engage both people with MS and healthcare professionals to take a pro-active approach to listeria prevention.
Prototype kit shown in image above.Why a listeria pack?
In current clinical practice, all we have is a single advice sheet with only basic information. We hope that we can fully prevent any unnecessary infections and enable patients, their family and friends to dramatically reduce risk of infection.
The Barts MS team have developed the information in the pack with a cross-disciplinary team involving a listeriosis expert, people with MS, designers and health care professionals who will deliver it.
Meet the team
The Barts MS team are based at the Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust in Whitechapel, London. The team consists of a range of MS professionals including clinicians, researchers, MS nurses, designers and expert patients. The Barts MS service at The Royal London treats an average of 3,000 people with MS every year.
Find out more about the Barts MS team on their MS research blog or on twitter.
How will the money be spent?
The money raised will cover the design and development costs of the kit and this campaign. If we reach the £6000 target, we estimate we will be able to produce an initial run of 250 kits to test with patients at The Royal London hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust. We hope to collaborate with centres across the UK to use this resource in their service.