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Friends of Mary Hewetson Hospital, Keswick help get patients moving

Patients using the new equipment
Patients using the new equipment

New gym equipment bought through funds raised by the Friends of Keswick Hospital mean that physiotherapists there can now add fun to their sessions with patients.

Tom Farnell, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist with the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, realised that the gym at the hospital wasn’t used to its best advantage. He wrote a letter with a plea to the Friends of Mary Hewetson Hospital to see if they were able to help modernise the gym.

The Friends of Mary Hewetson Hospital provided £3125 to purchase equipment such as a treadmill, medicine balls, hand weights, exercise mats and other items.

Mike Bulman, Dorothy Savage, Tom Farnell and a member of the group
Mike Bulman, Dorothy Savage, Tom Farnell and a member of the group

Mike Bulman, Honoury Treasurer said: “The generous community rallied round to raise the money for which the Friends of Mary Hewetson Hospital are very grateful for their support.”

Tom said: “Generally we are trying to promote exercise and movement as the main focus for physiotherapy, rehabilitation and move away from working behind curtains in a small cubicle as much as possible. Also the social support from the groups in the gym seems to really help motivate people and make physio more fun! From my experience I found this approach to be extremely positive and produce great outcomes for patients.”

The gym is now well stocked with modern, up to date equipment which is currently used daily by patients of all ages for a variety of groups such as shoulder rehabilitation group, 1:1 daily rehabilitation, patients attending for Musculoskeletal outpatient rehabilitation or patients from the wards use the facilities as part of their rehabilitation with the physiotherapy teams.

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