Max Appeal highlights the need for early diagnosis and releases new film to mark awareness day
Too many children are being failed and we see parents becoming the ‘experts’
Thursday 22 November 2018 marks the awareness day for the genetic syndrome 22q11. It is estimated that a staggering 98% of cases in the UK are undiagnosed. Delays in diagnosis not only has an adverse affect on the child and their family, it is also a hidden cost for the NHS, social services and welfare state.
Julie Wootton, Founder of Max Appeal, in memory of her son Max said: “22q 11 affects thousands of children every year but is massively misdiagnosed. Too many children are being failed and we see parents becoming the ‘experts’. Early diagnosis is pivotal to how children adapt to adulthood and achieve good outcomes. We are currently working with David Duguid MP and Chair of the All Parliamentary Group on 22q11 to seek the introduction of routine screening for 22q11.”
David Duguid MP said: “I have been calling for the screening of this condition to be offered to all parents so there is a better chance of catching it earlier and implementing appropriate treatment. 22q11 screening can be incorporated into tests that already exist, such as heel prick tests that are given to new born babies. This ensures the right diagnosis and the right kind of care can be given.”
To encourage wider awareness and understanding of 22q11, Max Appeal has released a video for GP’s and medical students which includes guidance from top experts on how to spot the syndrome. View here: