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MS charity's frame gives patients a lift

PUBLISHED: 16:15 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

HOSPITAL patients who have trouble standing are to benefit from an electronic frame, thanks to the MS Society.

People will be able to use the £4,000 frame, which lifts them from a sitting to standing position, as part of their treatment programme at Ipswich Hospital, and at a self-help group called Self Help in Multiple Sclerosis.

HOSPITAL patients who have trouble standing are to benefit from an electronic frame, thanks to the MS Society.

People will be able to use the £4,000 frame, which lifts them from a sitting to standing position, as part of their treatment programme at Ipswich Hospital, and at a self-help group called Self Help in Multiple Sclerosis.

Louise Kenworthy, head physiotherapist for medicine, said: "The group meets every Tuesday evening in our gym, and people will have the opportunity to use it then as well as part of their treatment programme.

"The frame is very easy to use and a huge benefit is that people do not have to be 'manhandled' to use it. It can be used directly from a sitting position and helps people to stand correctly.

"People do need to stand regularly. There are many benefits of standing, including improving muscle length, posture and muscle tone as well as helping with all bodily functions. It's very good for bones, plus the psychological benefits."

She added: The physiotherapy department also offers an SOS service to people with MS. Once the person has been seen by the physio team, after being referred by the hospital doctor, they have direct access to treatment and advice whenever they need it in the future."

Holcombe Crescent resident Carol Dye 55, who has had MS for more than 20 years, tried the frame and said: "It is fantastic. It's much more comfortable than the older wooden frame in the gym."

The MS Society, a charity which helps people with Multiple Sclerosis, had given the frame to the hospital as part of a wider partnership venture between the two.

A new clinical nurse specialist has recently been appointed at the trust, with financial support from the MS Society.

The news comes two years after the Evening Star called for more specialist help to be available for MS sufferers in hospital.

To find out more about SHIMS, telephone Graham Dye on 01473 692087.

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