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Hospital patients get DVT exercise video beamed to their bedside

Patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge have become the first in the UK to have exercise videos broadcast straight to their bedside.

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.’

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