A high-tech machine which enables physically impaired patients to exercise is now a permanent fixture at Grantham and District Hospital, thanks to the generosity of rotarians.
When the Theratrainer, which had been on loan to the physiotherapy department was recalled, the Rotary Clubs of Grantham Kesteven and Grantham united to buy the equipment.
Grantham Kesteven rotarian John Asher said: “I had heard from friends how beneficial the machine was, so we wanted to help keep one at the hospital.”
Most of the £5,500 cost was met through funds from Grantham Rotary Club’s swimarathon, while the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven supplied the balance through the money raised from their duck race at Wyndham Park.
Neuro-physiotherapist at the hospital Agnieszka Macedonska said: “We want to say a massive thank you to the Rotary clubs. We are very grateful to be able to treat patients more effectively.”
The Theratrainer allows patients with a range of physical conditions, including spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and stroke victims, to activate their muscles by pedalling, and includes interactive routes and feedback reports at the end of the exercise sessions.
Outpatient Ian Newton who has been partly paralysed following a stroke, demonstrated the machine at its presentation and said: “I feel buoyant after I’ve been on it.”