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News 4th April 2012


Friends Assist with Work and Play at Therapy Centre

The assessment and treatment of children and young people with paediatric conditions at Newport’s NHS-run OaklHouse Therapy Centre has been made easier and more pleasant as a result of equipment donated by the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital.

The Paediatric Physiotherapy Team at Oak House Therapy Centre, situated off Halberry Lane, deals with a wide range of paediatric conditions, including neurological, orthopaedic or development delay. “We see children from birth to 19 years of age, working in partnership with families and other professionals, and carers involved in their management,” said paediatric physiotherapist Helen Thornton.

Officially receiving £413-worth of equipment from the Friends, she said, “This generous donation has enabled us to purchase new child-friendly equipment to assist in the measurement of the range of movement of hips, and to provide lovely toys for children and young people that also helps in the assessment process.”

There are currently three Paediatric Physiotherapists and one Physiotherapy Assistant at Oak House Therapy Centre.

Friends of St Marys Hospital Isle of WightPicture: Helen Thornton (centre) receives the equipment from Gerry Moglione, vice chairman of the Friends, and Margaret Moglione, chairman of the Friends’ Shop/Cafeterias at the hospital.











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