Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

New Gym Helps Cardiac Patients

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

New Gym Helps Cardiac Patients

Article excerpt

NEW gym equipment is aiding the recovery of cardiac patients at the Toowoomba Hospital's cardiac rehab service.

The equipment, bought by the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, includes a treadmill, rowing machine, balance trainer and a number of other items with a total cost of about $5000.

The items are a welcome addition to a new gym which has been specifically established for cardiac rehabilitation patients.

Previously, the Heart Care Team shared a gym with another unit at the hospital which reduced the amount of time the space was available to patients and limited program numbers to fit with the broader use of the area.

Heart Care Team clinical nurse Trudie Culleton said with the new gym now open, there was greater flexibility for the team to implement rehab programs for their patients.

"The new space and equipment will give us more flexibility with patients and their rehab programs and facilitate an opportunity to develop maintenance programs which are part of the evidence-based best practice model of care for patients post a cardiac event," Ms Culleton said. …

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