New state of the art gym and rehabilitation improvements at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital have been funded by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, thanks in part to a grant of £21,042 from NHS Charities Together. The new improved facilities will enhance the experience and outcomes for Core Therapy patients rehabilitating from traumatic injury, surgery or ill-health including those who still suffer from the impact of Covid 19.
Jennifer Carroll, Specialty Business Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals says, “The improved facilities will promote diversity, equality and inclusion truly reflecting the excellent clinical services offered by the Trust. The gym will also be used to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of Trust colleagues with exercise classes as well as the potential for staff gym memberships.”
Physiotherapist Daniel Carroll says, “The gym gives patients an enhanced experience and aids their recovery. It is used by both pre-op and post op patients. The environment is now like a community gym which gives patients more confidence to transition their rehabilitation to their local gym.”
Patient Matt Parry, from Adlington says, “This equipment is now streets ahead of the archaic equipment in the gym before. I am building my confidence in using the equipment with the support and clinical guidance of the Therapy staff and really hoping I can get back to doing the triathlons I enjoy much sooner.”
Megan Sutherland from Leyland says, “I’ve been coming to the gym for a few months, following a broken tibia. The equipment is helping me to recover more quickly from the surgery, improving my cardio fitness and ensuring that I am sufficiently recovered to have ligament surgery soon.”
Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together said: “Thanks to the generous support of the public, we are thrilled to work with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to provide funding towards vital equipment, improving the experience of rehabilitation patients at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital. We know this will have a life-changing and lasting impact, both physically and mentally, as patients embark upon their journey to recovery.”
Paula Wilson, Head of Charities at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says, “We are delighted to fund these fantastic gym and rehabilitation facilities which will make a massive difference to the recovery of our patients. We are so grateful to NHS Charities Together for their grant which helped to make this project a reality, and to all our supporters for their generous donations.”
A second phase of the project will see similar improvements to the Gym facilities at Royal Preston Hospital, also part funded by the grant from NHS Charities Together, and it is hoped these will complete by December 2023.