21st January 2016 – Pedal power for people with disabilities
A new therapeutic exercise bike to help people with disabilities and mobility problems has been bought for the specialist rehabilitation team at Airedale Hospital.
The bike was funded by the trust’s charity Friends of Airedale and is being used in the rehabilitation gym in the Day Hospital for the Elderly.
It is being put to the test by Nigel Hargreaves, aged 70, of Draughton, near Skipton who suffered a stroke.
Julie Buckley, principal physiotherapist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted as this piece of equipment will ensure that all our patients, whatever their disability, will have the opportunity to improve their exercise tolerance individually or within a group setting.
“The design of the bike means it can be easily used by people in wheelchairs with various conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, amputees and spinal injury.
“It will also benefit patients attending the neuro outpatient department, the AIRE unit and the stroke unit at our hospital.”
Eileen Proud, president of Friends of Airedale, said: “This bike will allow the specialist rehabilitation team to help their patients who would normally find it difficult to get fitter and stronger. We thought it was a really good cause to support.”