Specialist physiotherapy equipment funded by the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is helping patients to feel fitter, stronger and able to return home more quickly.
Malcolm Jackson has been cared for at the Oakwood Community Unit, run by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, since he was admitted on Boxing Day 2016. The 79-year-old, from Whiston, is lucky to be alive after suffering two heart attacks and undergoing surgery to treat arthritis in his left knee, which had turned septic. After four weeks in intensive care, followed by 4 weeks on a surgical ward Malcolm was transferred to Oakwood to begin his recovery.
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity funded more than £150 worth of physiotherapy equipment such as dumbbells, soft ball weights, stress balls, ankle weights and exercise pedals, which help patients like Malcolm to do strengthening exercises in their own time and during sessions with specialist physiotherapists.
Malcolm said: “When I came to Oakwood I was in a pretty bad way. I couldn’t pull myself up, lift my foot or roll over in bed. But the exercises, equipment and encouragement from the physiotherapists has really helped. They like egging me on and I enjoy the exercises.
“I’m really proud of myself for how far I’ve come. I’m a fighter and always determined to give the exercises a go. Once I get home I’ll use tin cans instead!”
Emily Patrick, senior physiotherapist at Oakwood, says the equipment has really helped patients take charge of their own rehabilitation plans to aid their recovery whilst at Oakwood.
“Malcolm really is lucky to be alive and although his recovery has been a long one in comparison to many of our other patients, we are determined to guide and inspire him to continue his exercises so he can look forward to returning home soon,” she said.
“We have a lot of patients at Oakwood who need physiotherapy to help improve their functional abilities following hospital admissions and sadly I can’t always dedicate as much time as I would like to each one. Having equipment like this funded by the charity is a real asset because we can give patients exercise plans to follow in their own time. It’s great to see how empowered they feel to use the equipment to get better, stronger with the goal of being able to regain their independence and go home.
“Thank you to everyone who has donated to the charity because your money has really made a difference here at Oakwood.”
Charitable funds have also enabled colleagues at Oakwood to purchase four specialist recliner and supportive chairs, which help patients get out of bed more easily. The unit, based opposite accident and emergency, has also benefitted from £1,069 for conservatory furniture to help create a ‘home-from-home’ feel plus £430 to fund activities and games for patients which has kindly been donated from previous patients and bereaved families.
For more information about how you can support the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or email Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.