The 45-minute exercise programme – specifically designed for bed-ridden patients – is aired on the Addenbrooke’s television channel throughout the day so that patients can exercise at a convenient time.
Developed by a physiotherapist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, the exercises are designed to help prevent deep vein thrombosis and other complications associated with immobility.
Duncan Forsyth, a consultant geriatrician at Addenbrooke’s, came up with the idea after watching an exercise video on a long haul flight.
He said: ‘Exercise can help maintain muscle strength, improve mobility, help avoid complications such as chest infections and install a sense of wellbeing. This should all contribute to a quicker recovery.’