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RUH staff will swim the distance of the English Channel

RUH staff will swim the distance of the English Channel on Thursday 31st October to help raise funds for a new exceptional Therapies Centre, as part of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

The Forever Friends Appeal is raising £8 million towards a new pioneering Cancer Centre at the RUH. This £23.5 million capital project will be a 33 / 66% partnership between the Appeal and the NHS.  It is part of the integrated plan to replace the current outdated facilities in ‘RUH North’, a new Therapies Centre is needed to modernise the excellent service for patients recovering from major surgery, strokes, heart attacks and many other illnesses as well as patients with long term conditions, who will benefit greatly from rehabilitation treatment.

Six staff members from the Therapies team including; Physiotherapists, a Hydrotherapist, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Specialists will be taking part in the swim. It will be a bright an early start at 3.30am at the RUH Oasis outdoor pool. All staff will be swimming in relay to complete their individual distances by the end of the day. At the same time, staff will also be continuing their daily activities, running to and from the RUH pool to complete their distances.

Wyn Lloyd, Specialist Physiotherapist comments: “We are all excited about the challenge of the swim, particularly doing the distances whilst performing our normal daily duties. We have all enjoyed training together before and after work in warm and cold waters….we are building up our strength for the big day!”

The new Therapies Centre aims to provide a vibrant and dynamic environment that optimises the patient’s ability to ‘escape’ from the wards and focus on healing, recovering and managing their health needs. The new Centre will provide a scope to improve services such as; innovative treatment, spaces, hydrotherapy pool and aqua area, gymnasium and body shop, with the specialist exercise, rehabilitation and therapy equipment.

Therapies, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy and Psychology, Podiatry and Dietetics form integral pieces to a patient’s journey and are currently scattered all over the RUH.  By centralizing them, we will offer a unique ‘one stop shop’ for the patients and staff. A Centre which will provide a collaborative working environment and will maximize and support the staff in delivering research-based, innovative, patient led services.

Gina Sargeant, Head of Therapies says: “The Therapies team are absolutely delighted that we will be able to welcome our patients and their families into a new innovate, state-of-the-art Therapies Centre. A combined Centre will give our patients and staff seamless access to all types of Therapies ‘under one roof’. A supportive environment will also optimise clinical delivery for both acute and long term management of health conditions that affect over 50% of the population. We now need to work together to raise funds towards this excellent project, please support us.”

Paul Evans from Bath, is Hydrotherapy long-term patient who will be swimming 10 lengths with the RUH team. As part of his rehabilitation treatment, Paul uses the RUH pool every day to help continue his progression to recovery.

Paul was involved in a major cycling accident 4 years ago, which initially led him to be paralyzed from the neck down. He now receives continuous treatment for his spinal cord injury and is utterly grateful for the excellent care he receives from the RUH.

Paul comments: “The RUH Hydrotherapy services and pool is part of my everyday life. People don’t realise that swimming is a major part of the journey to recovery for people like myself, with spinal and other major injuries. It is a fantastic feeling to be floating on water and have the pressure off your bones and muscles. The current pool isn’t that great and nicer facilities would make such a difference- for example we need better accessibility and facilities to make things easier for patients and staff.  Despite my injury having a huge impact on my life, for me, I just want to keep moving and get on with it! Thank you to the RUH for giving me the support in need to do this.”

The Therapies Team will continue to raise funds towards this much needed new Therapies Centre. Please support them by donating on: www.justgiving.com/RUHswim