What is St Thomas' Lupus Trust
The St Thomas' Lupus Trust is the charity,
which raises funds to support the vital and pioneering work of
the Lupus Research Team here at St Thomas' Hospital in London.
Led by Dr Graham Hughes this research is world re-nowned and has
already made major contributions to the advances in the treatment
and management of this devastating illness.
Supported by our charitable funds, we have also
seen the opening at St Thomas', of the first dedicated lupus outpatient
facility outside of the USA (The Louise Coote Lupus Unit). NHS
patients are referred here from all over the country and we now
have the largest number of lupus patients on register in the world.
Patients are relieved to have this haven - a specialist lupus
clinic with lupus doctors who understand this complex illness.
Clearly our research unit is uniquely placed to continue this
vital work and we are dedicated to continue until one day a cure
One of the major aims of the charity is not
only to support this research but also to raise awareness. Lupus
was, until recently, considered an untreatable, usually fatal
disease. Research is totally changing this concept. Yes, lupus
still remains one of nature's grim diseases - but the outlook
for most sufferers, given correct treatment, has improved beyond
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