Preston & District NRAS Group

North of England

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


The Preston and District NRAS Group meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month for a coffee and a catch up from 10.00am until 12noon at the Minerva Health Centre, Lowthorpe Road, Deepdale, Preston, PR1 6SB. Four times a year at these meetings, a member of the rheumatology team will attend and deliver a talk to the group - see details of meetings with speakers below.

Meeting dates and speakers for 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: On the advice of Dr MacPhie, Rheumatology Consultant at the Minerva Health Centre in Preston, the Rheumatoid Arthritis Advice & Information Event  scheduled to take place at Barton Grange Garden Centre on Saturday 14th March has been cancelled. The Group apologise to anyone that had planned to attend and hope to rearrange at a later date. Please contact for further information. 

June 11th - 'Pain Management Tips' with the Community Pain Team

September 10th - 'Keeping you Healthy' (speaker to be confirmed)

December 10th - Christmas Rheumatology Quiz with the Rheumatology Team