CALL The Midwife actress Jenny Agutter will launch a website for people with arthritis at the Royal Cornwall Hospital next month.
The star, who lives on the Lizard, is a long-term supporter of the Cornwall Arthritis Trust, which funded the website.
In a recent survey nearly one in five people aged 55 to 64 in Cornwall reported having arthritis or a long-term joint problem, rising to 1 in 3 for people in older age groups. Nearly half of those aged 85 or older had arthritis.
Jo Erwin, research associate at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, said: "Enabling people to easily access reliable information is key. This initiative grew out of a consultation that was held with people living with rheumatoid arthritis in Cornwall. One of the key themes that emerged was the need for reliable information. People using the internet found it difficult to find appropriate sites and often inadvertently accessed sites with inaccurate and alarming information.''
The Cornwall arthritis website aims to provide information on local services and facilities in the county, and links to trusted websites. It covers subjects including clinic services, how to manage arthritis, where to get financial advice, leisure and travel. The website can be found at www.cornwallarthritis.org.uk. It has been developed by the hospital's rheumatology and research specialists, and will be launched on February 10.