NHS given £5,000 to send patients skiing in Rossendale

Lancashire Telegraph: Debbie Nash in a ski seat, with Dr Mike Ions, left, and Dr Peter Williams Debbie Nash in a ski seat, with Dr Mike Ions, left, and Dr Peter Williams

THOUSANDS of people hurt themselves skiing every year, but now NHS chiefs believe the sport can actually help people recover from injuries.

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has allocated £5,000 for Ski Rossendale to help patients regain posture, balance and self-confidence after an injury or ill health.

Patients can be referred to the project by their GP or hospital, with a 12-week programme being offered at dry ski slope in Haslingden Old Road.

Dr Peter Williams, a Bacup GP and CCG clinical lead for Rossendale, said: “I am confident that this exciting, new innovation will help in restoring the confidence of patients following an operation, injury or period of ill-health. The benefits of fresh air and exercise include increased mental wellness, higher levels of energy and a stronger immune system.

“Fresh air can lower body temperature, refresh our cells, helps our lungs function and improve our sense of well-being.”

Debbie Nash, volunteer co-ordinator at Ski Rossendale, was delighted with the funding.

She said: “This support from the CCG means we can buy a new ski chair for people with lower limb impairment and train more instructors to support patients with injuries so that they can overcome them.”

This year the slope celebrates 40 years of existence.

If you or a member of your family or friends think you are eligible to access the Ski to Recovery project then speak to your GP or seek further information from www. skirossendale.co.uk or ring them on 01706 226457.

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3:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mavrick says...

I hope the people who sanctioned this nonsense are sacked immediately. You could not make this up, Then you know why the NHS is short of money.
I hope the people who sanctioned this nonsense are sacked immediately. You could not make this up, Then you know why the NHS is short of money. mavrick

6:08pm Fri 13 Dec 13

HairyBowls says...

So agree...surely its up to the patient to pay for leisure services and not the NHS. If you can afford to go skiing, you can afford a 12 week course for injury rehabilitation.
So agree...surely its up to the patient to pay for leisure services and not the NHS. If you can afford to go skiing, you can afford a 12 week course for injury rehabilitation. HairyBowls

6:36pm Fri 13 Dec 13

bill_bob_thornton says...

What a load of nonsense... I smell a rat
What a load of nonsense... I smell a rat bill_bob_thornton

6:53pm Fri 13 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

It's not for people who had Skiing injuries (although worded that way) it's for people who have been bedridden for a long time or lost a limb, to help them get back out there and make a good quick recovery. It's all about being active and getting the body moving again.

They have spent millions on building swimming pools in hospitals on Physio wards for the same thing so 5 grand to use something that is already built isn't bad.
It's not for people who had Skiing injuries (although worded that way) it's for people who have been bedridden for a long time or lost a limb, to help them get back out there and make a good quick recovery. It's all about being active and getting the body moving again. They have spent millions on building swimming pools in hospitals on Physio wards for the same thing so 5 grand to use something that is already built isn't bad. HelmshoreMan2010

9:47pm Fri 13 Dec 13

A Darener says...

THOUSANDS of people hurt themselves skiing every year. So to best help people recover from hospital treatment send them skiing. You couldn't make it up!
THOUSANDS of people hurt themselves skiing every year. So to best help people recover from hospital treatment send them skiing. You couldn't make it up! A Darener

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