Frimley pi­o­neers CF treat­ment

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Ja­cob Granger

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.

Chris Whi­teoak

Frimley Park Hospi­tal in Frimley.

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