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Thank you for drawing attention to the Arthritis Care website (11
November). This has already proved a major opportunity for people with
arthritis to access information and we are about to relaunch the site with
a wider range of information early next year.
It is obvious that the information on the website has to be made
clearer as you seem to have misunderstood the difference between our
branch structure - we have over 600 branches - and our regional structure.
Arthritis Care is structured into seven regions and nations one of which
is Scotland. The Scotland national office is in Glasgow. It is this office
which, I think, you referred to in your item on 11 November.
However, I can assure you and your readers that in fact there are 100
branches and groups in Scotland with a wide range of activities for people
with arthritis. Arthritis Care also runs a number of self-management
courses in Scotland and is able to provide information and telephone
support for people with arthritis. A call to the office in Glasgow will
put your readers in Scotland in touch with these services.