St George’s amputee rehabilitation team embraces Olympic season
St George’s amputee rehabilitation team, based at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, has been embracing the Olympic season.
Staff and patients are taking part in a joint challenge to move 9566km (the distance from London to Tokyo) collectively before the end of the Paralympics on Sunday 5 September. The challenge, organised by national charity LimbPower, started on 23 July – the date the 2020 Olympics opened in Tokyo.
LimbPower support amputees, individuals with limb difference and their families to bridge the gap between hospital rehabilitation and community and school engagement to rebuild lives and improve physical, social and mental wellbeing.
Patients have been clocking up the kilometres on the MOTOmed therapy bike over the weekends, and moving around the hospital in their wheelchairs or on their new prosthetic limbs.
Recently, staff and patients organised their own Olympic style games as part of their morning rehabilitation sessions in the therapy gym. Events included wheelchair relays, ankle weight shot put and balloon volleyball.
The gym was filled with cheers and laughter throughout the week, with many patients demonstrating skills they never knew they could achieve during the games.
Everyone involved received medals in celebration of their achievements. Well done team!