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Wasps players visit hospital to help patients limber up

Laura Kearns 15th Feb, 2019

RUGBY stars offered hospital patients a few tips on limbering up.

Wasps players James Gaskell, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Gaby Lovobalavu and Rob Miller visited Warwick Hospital’s new Frailty Assessment Area – which has 17 beds and aims to reduce hospital stays while freeing up beds.

Around half of the patients sent to the Frailty unit are discharged on the same day.

Players discovered more about the hospital’s part in ‘End PJ Paralysis’ – a project urging patients to get dressed and mobile while in hospital, which is proven to improve strength and independence and result in shorter hospital stays.

And they also showed patients some bedside exercises to help them keep moving while in hospital.

Department spokeswoman Rachel Williams said: “End PJ Paralysis is all about changing our patients’ mind set to improve their quality of life – just because they are in hospital, it doesn’t always necessarily mean that they have to be lying on a bed.

“We encourage patients, if they can, to get dressed and go about everyday activities that will benefit both their mind and body – it can be as simple as sitting in a chair and reading a newspaper, listening to the radio, having meals with other people or walking to the bathroom.”

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