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Hospital patients get DVT exercise video beamed to their bedside

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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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