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Lung patients breathe easy thanks to new equipment

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Lung patients breathe easy thanks to new equipment

Patients with lung conditions are benefiting from new exercise equipment thanks to a donation from a Wallsend charity.

Breathe Easy donated £1,500 to Ward 18 at North Tyneside General Hospital, which cares for people with a range of respiratory conditions, to buy equipment for patients.

The charity, which is affiliated to the British Lung Foundation, is a support group for people affected by lung conditions including their friends, family and carers. They raised the money over the last year by holding table top sales and tombolas in the main reception of North Tyneside hospital.

Ward manager Sharon Jackson said: “We are extremely grateful to Breathe Easy for the donation and their support over the years.

“The majority of our patients have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and taking part in gentle exercise, when they’re well enough to do so, really helps them to feel better.

It also makes a huge difference to their health and often means they are able to go home sooner.

“The equipment is going down a treat with the patients.”

The equipment includes weights and equipment to enable patients to cycle while seated.

Eileen Williams, from Breathe Easy, said: “We have raised money for the last 12 years and are delighted to be able to donate this amount to the ward.

“The money we raise is to go towards providing the extras which really make a difference to patients and we are really pleased that patients are benefiting from the exercise equipment.”

The equipment is used by patients attending exercise sessions run five times a week by the hospital’s physiotherapists.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs services for patients with a range of respiratory conditions in hospitals and in the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside.