CARDIAC and pulmonary patients in Barnsley are going from strength to strength thanks to a dedicated rehabilitation service based at a local gym.
The specialist NHS service is managed by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and is based at the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre.
The service creates individual rehabilitation programmes made up of exercise and education that help keep people well and get back to as full a life as possible after a deterioration in their condition or stay in hospital.
Respiratory specialist and team leader Jill Young said: “Research shows exercise will help recovery and although people may initially be worried about exercising, staff are able to offer the support and reassurance they need. Safety is paramount and each person undergoes a full assessment before beginning a programme. There are a number of psychological barriers that people break through first, but once they have built up their confidence they enjoy coming to sessions and are pleased that someone has shown them just what they can do rather than been told what they shouldn’t be doing.
“The educational talks we provide are just as important as the exercise and many people who attend say they are relieved when they are able to discuss topics such as smoking and stress and how they will impact upon their condition.”
Go backPosted on 4th April 2013