Stroke patients at Frimley Health are the latest to benefit from the support of Frimley Health Charity thanks to the charity’s regular lottery players
A new treadmill, funded via our Weekly Charity Lottery has been installed within the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Frimley Park Hospital. This equipment enables stroke patients to benefit from walking rehabilitation during their recovery. It helps improve the quality of their walking and builds endurance, under the guidance of the specialist physiotherapy team.
The treadmill, which can be used in conjunction with a weight reducing harness where appropriate to clinical need, is to support the findings from RCP National Clinical Guidelines 2016, which advise that both early and late after Stroke, people benefit from time spent in task specific, walking orientated leg exercises which have a cardiorespiratory focus.
Judith Moss, Team Leader Physiotherapist in our Stroke Unit said “The treadmill is a fantastic piece of equipment, it really helps our patients with their walking rehab. It gives us as physios the opportunity to analyse and facilitate their walking pattern to improve it as much as we can.
“Patients really enjoy using the treadmill which is a big part of physiotherapy and it encourages long term exercise engagement and it’s health benefits.”
As a fully accessible treadmill, this equipment gives access to patients with all levels of mobility and is already in regular use by our Stroke recovery inpatients. Once Covid-19 restrictions allow, our physio teams will also facilitate outpatient access to the treadmill to support their rehabilitation and further meet the needs of a wider group of patients.
Thousands of Frimley Health Charity supporters play our weekly lottery to help us raise funds for a variety of projects that work towards improving the lives and experiences of patients and staff across our Trust. In the past twelve months, this has included Stroke, Breast Cancer Research, Staff Wellbeing, Covid-19 response, and Dementia.
Lottery and Fundraising Officer, Kirsty North added “Lottery players choose to support our work for a variety of reasons, often based upon their experience during treatment for themselves or a loved one, within our Trust.
“We have seen a significant level of support for Stroke over the past twelve months and are delighted to be able to purchase such a beneficial piece of equipment to aid patient rehabilitation after Stroke has occurred.”
For more information about how you can sign up to support us by playing our weekly lottery, and to give yourself the chance to win a cash prize of up to £10,000, please visit our lottery website where you can sign up today.