BIRD is a local charity working to improve treatment for patients with rheumatic diseases. We raise funds to support research and to provide free educational courses for health professionals, patients, their families and carers.
Established in 1975 by the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Foundation Trust (RNHRD) and the University of Bath, BIRD become an independent charity in 1981. It is committed to maintaining and promoting an independent research and education centre for bone and joint diseases in Bath.
Bone and joint diseases affect all ages, including children, with only one person in fifty escaping some form of rheumatic complaint. The impact is increasing with the number of older people in the population. These diseases are a cause of great pain and suffering and one of the main causes of disability in Britain. This has an emotional and financial impact on the individuals and their families, with wide ranging repercussions for society and the economy.