Frimley pioneers CF treatment
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AN ‘ INNOVATIVE exercise programme’ grant will break new ground for Cystic Fibrosis ( CF) patients on the north east Hampshire and Surrey border over the next two years.
They will be helped with their condition thanks to new equipment bought with a grant from The Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s ( CFT) one- off two- year Clinical Excellence & Innovation Awards initiative. Frimley Park Hospital’s CF unit received just over £ 28,000 for the project.
To secure the grant, the hospital had to supply evidence of matched funding, which is currently supplied by Cystic Fibrosis Care at Frimley Park charity ( CFC at FP).
The money will supply patients with a personal trainer and new gym equipment, such as treadmills, exercise bikes and mats to support their condition.
Physiotherapy cise are one of treatments for CF.
Exercise practitioners will be employed to assess the patient’s individual needs, supervise specific ‘ tailor made’ programmes and review their progression.
“It allows us to track how much exercise they do and improve patient’s outcomes,” said Dr Alexandria Higton, of the hospital’s respiratory team.
“I’m enormously proud of our team in achieving this award. We’d like to thank CFC and CFC at FP. I am sure it will be of great benefit to our patients.”
Dr Higton said that the money will support highest risk patients at first - ‘ who are particularly poorly or waiting on transplant lists’ – but then hopes to extend the programme to all others.
She added it’s vital that the programme is ‘ tailored to health rather than fitness’ and to the patient’s ‘ individual needs.’ and the exermain
She explained that a 16- year- old could go running or swimming, but a ‘ more advanced patient’ may only walk 25 metres.
Dr Keith Brownlee, director of impact at the CFT, said in a statement online: “This project is a great example of what our Clinical Excellence and Innovation Awards are all about – encouraging innovation in CF care and supporting work that can improve the health and wellbeing of people with CF.
“This innovative project will have dramatic impact on the health outcomes of people with CF and we look forward to seeing this project develop over the next two years.”
According to the CFT, more than 2.5 million people in the UK carry the gene which causes CF – a hereditary problem which affects the respiratory and digestive systems. Clinics in Leeds, Manchester and Cambridge have also received grants.
Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley.