OPA GORD Awareness Week 2020
Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade is collaborating with the OPA to launch the UK’s first Reflux Awareness Week, urging people to Get Educated, Get Evaluated and Get Treated.
Running from 23 – 29 November, Reflux Awareness Week will offer a series of online patient and healthcare professional education events, along with information clinics in treatment centres across the UK, to shine a spotlight on the symptoms of reflux, associated conditions and treatment options.
Join us for the OPA’s first Reflux Awareness Week! Here is our Patron, Fiona Wade, to tell you more...
GET EDUCATED - about the symptoms and complications
We would like to educate people that Reflux disease is more than just heartburn and raise awareness of more symptoms. By using this symptom checker you can see how severe your symptoms are.
GET EVALUATED - to find out if you have GORD
The first and most important step in treating your reflux symptoms is to accurately diagnose the cause. There are a range of diagnostic tests available to understand your own individual case and we will be raising awareness of all the different tests and what to expect.
GET TREATED - Learn about treatment options for GORD
Once the cause of your symptoms have been established by your healthcare professional, there are a range of different treatment options available to you. We aim to raise awareness of these different options so you can have an informed conversation with your healthcare professional about what might be the best treatment for you.
John Campolini, Vice Chair of the OPA said: “The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of the symptoms of reflux disease and encourage people to seek an accurate diagnosis and treatment if necessary.
Many people think that the only symptom of reflux disease is heartburn and whilst this is an important symptom, there are many, many more. Once you understand more about your symptoms, you can have an informed discussion with your GP or other medical professional about diagnostic tests and the different treatment options from lifestyle modifications to surgery.
We know food and alcohol can be a reflux trigger for many people and, although things are of course different this year, we are entering the season of many religious celebrations and holidays that often come hand in hand with consuming more than usual.
We hope this campaign will raise awareness and encourage sufferers to take action to get treated for reflux."
For more information, please visit https://www.opa.org.uk/reflux-awareness-week.html