Mark has spoken to a number of patients and doctors about this condition and the impact it has on them and their work. Anaemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. As a ‘hidden condition’ Mark it keen to raise awareness of the condition locally as many sufferers may not know they suffer from it.
Anaemia affects around 4 million in the UK. Symptoms of anaemia are easily missed in busy people: insomnia, irritability, fatigue, hair loss, pale or clammy skin, and heart palpitations. While anaemia is highly treatable, the number of patients admitted to hospital with iron deficiency anaemia has increased by 46% since 2011. This particularly affects the frail and elderly, who commonly suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, as well as vulnerable patients who suffer from other conditions affecting their gut, heart, or kidneys. Over 1500 people in Hertford and Stortford were affected by it in 2016-17.
Anaemia Manifesto aims is to work with and be the voice of all stakeholders in iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia in the UK. They work with the NHS, patients, health care practitioners and policy makers to make diagnosis of anaemia more straightforward. It also works to help patients access the right treatment and learn how to manage their condition.