10th February 2016

Equipment for stroke patients donated by Friends

Patients recovering from a stroke will be able to benefit from new rehabilitation equipment thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital.
The Friends Stroke Therapy Room has been equipped with a variety of reclining and tilting chairs, a tilting wheelchair, various muscle stimulators for hands and arms and folding screens to provide privacy along with other rehabilitation equipment at a cost of £160,000.

Stroke equipment donation by the Friends of EDGH

The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne Councillor Janet Coles and Harry Walmsley Chairman of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital seated with Dr Conrad Athulathmudali Consultant Stroke Physician(far right) along with unit staff and Peter Nash from the Friends of EDGH

In the Stroke Therapy room Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists provide patients recovering from a stroke with rehabilitation to help them regain function before they continue their rehabilitation in a community setting.

The Friends Stroke Therapy room was opened by The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne Councillor Janet Coles who said: “A stroke can be so scary because one minute life is fine and then in an instant, a stroke can completely knock you off the rails. This therapy room with its new equipment will help people recover from the effects of a stroke. Thanks must go to the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital and the generosity of people in Eastbourne for donating their money.”

Harry Walmsley Chairman of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital said: “We are pleased the Friends have been able to support this stroke therapy room with new equipment. This equipment will benefit so many recovering from the effects of a stroke. The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital can only support the hospital in the way it does thanks to the tremendous generosity of local people.”

Dr Conrad Athulathmudali Consultant Stroke Physician said: “On behalf of the staff who work in the acute stroke unit I would like to thank the Friends for their generosity in providing this wide range of rehabilitation equipment.”