Mid Somerset NRAS Group (Taunton)

South West

Please read - Urgent statement from NRAS

We’ve had many, many discussions in the office and with our medical advisors etc. about COVID-19 as I’m sure you’re not at all surprised about.

As you will all be aware those with immune mediated conditions like RA are more at risk of contracting viruses anyway so it is only wise to take extra precautions until the spread of coronavirus can be brought under control.  Even if you are feeling well and showing no symptoms it is prudent to avoid gatherings of people if they are not absolutely necessary. Therefore NRAS has advised that all group meetings should be cancelled until further notice. While we appreciate this is not ideal we do feel as a health charity we must lead by example and we certainly do not want to put any of you at risk of catching COVID-19. Already we are seeing medical conferences being cancelled as we also have an obligation to keep our already overworked and stretched health professionals safe. Many nurses and consultants are already being required to support their colleagues in other departments to handle any outbreaks in their hospitals.

Please do continue to check our website for up to date information as to when local group meetings will reconvene.

Warmest regards

Clare Jacklin, Chief Executive


Meetings are held at the Taunton Rugby Club, Hyde Lane, Bathpool, Taunton TA2 8BU. Please note that some meetings are held on a Saturday morning but most meetings are held on a Tuesday evening. Please see details below for specific dates and times:

Meeting dates and speakers for 2020

Tuesday 12th May 7pm - Guest speaker: Clare Jacklin, NRAS Chief Executive will present: 'News from NRAS'

Tuesday 14th July 7pm - Details of speaker not yet available.  Please check latest posters or phone NRAS for information.

Tuesday 8th Sept 7pm - Dr Luke Gompels, Consultant Rheumatologist: Update on the service and the digital impact on Rheumatology

Tuesday 10th Nov 7pm - Julie Vodden, Associate Specialist in Opthalmology: RA and the eye