Physiotherapists from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust have temporarily teamed up with a local gym to offer exercise classes to patients.
The outpatient physiotherapy team are using the facilities at the Fitness Factory in Pilton to help 50-60 patients a week while their gym at North Devon District Hospital is closed for refurbishment.
Those patients affected typically need therapy to recover from heart attacks or to cope with shoulder, lower back, leg or ankle conditions.
They are able to use the Fitness Factory’s gym equipment, which has been made available for six one-hour sessions a week.
Helen Cooke, the Trust’s Head of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Services , said: “We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the Fitness Factory for helping out. They’ve been really good to us, playing their part in the community.”
“We’re talking about patients who need regular exercise classes to help them get over serious conditions or to manage their own symptoms. It’s all about getting people back on their feet and able to cope with everyday life, so it’s vitally important.”
John Reeves, Manager of the Fitness Factory, said: ‘”We’re very happy to be able to help NHS patients. We’ve got the facilities, so why not make the most of them? It’s also a great opportunity for some of our own staff and members to see the exercise classes and pick up new techniques for their own fitness programmes.”