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St George’s Hospital Charity funds new exercise bike for The Dragon Centre

6th January 2020

St George’s Hospital Charity have funded the installation of an exercise bike for St George’s Trust’s Paediatric Outpatients Department (otherwise known as The Dragon Centre). This will make a huge difference to the treatment of a wide range of patients with respiratory conditions at St George’s.

The installation of these bikes in the paediatric physiotherapy gym will largely be used for exercise testing and pulmonary rehabilitation in children and young people. This will benefit patients with various respiratory conditions, including bronchiectasis, a condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened leading to a build-up of excess mucus. Bronchiectasis can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection, so pulmonary testing is important but daily exercise sessions have previously been difficult to offer due to lack of equipment. The installation of exercise bikes will allow for appropriate exercise sessions to be offered, alongside facilitating a better assessment of patients with conditions such as asthma and breathing pattern disorders.

The team, led by Richard Chavasse, Consultant, believes that the exercise bike will benefit more than 200-400 patients annually. It will also be used to manage anxieties around exercise, to assess and treat inpatients with neurological disorders as well as being useful in the assessment and treatment of numerous other patients within the child development centre and inpatient cohort.

St George’s Hospital Charity are thrilled to have been able to fund this is a wide-reaching piece of equipment that will benefit so many patients and families at St George’s.






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