Fairfield General Hospital Celebrates National Allied Health Professionals Day – 15th October

Patient Joan thanks staff for giving her a new lease of life
Fairfield General Hospital Celebrates National Allied Health Professionals Day – 15th October
11 October 2018

Allied Health Professionals at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury will be celebrating the first ever National Allied Health Professionals Day on 15th October.

National AHPs Day will celebrate the high-quality contribution to health and social care of health professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, speech and language therapists, dietitians and radiographers. 

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust now works closely with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which employs 1,164 AHPs at its hospitals in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester.

On the day AHP staff will be offering ‘Health Chats’ to patients on selected surgical wards to help patients manage their physical and mental health and wellbeing. There will also be information and networking sessions for staff to find out more about the diversity of roles and ways of working together as well as talks on how to use social media for continuing professional development.

Deborah Bancroft, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner at Fairfield General Hospital said: “AHPs are collectively committed to transforming the health, care and wellbeing of our patients and our wider communities. AHPs work across a wide range of sectors, from children with developmental problems, to rehabilitating patients who have had neurological disorders, such as MS or following a stroke. AHPs also help people live with chronic long term conditions, such as those with respiratory conditions or persistent pain. We really help them to improve their function, better manage their conditions long term, and really improve their quality of life.”

 

Patient case study

One patient who has benefited from the team at Fairfield General Hospital is physiotherapy patient Joan Wood from Hopwood.  77-year-old Joan was treated at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury for a knee and cartilage problem between June and September 2018. She said:

“I had a problem with my knee, it used to let me down, it was very painful and once I was down on the floor doing anything with the children and the grandchildren, I could not get up without my husband helping me to get up. Sometimes, even when I was getting up off the settee, the pain was terrific, and it made me feel like it was never going to get better.

“I told the doctor I did not want a new knee and that I had been told that there was nothing they could do. He sent me to Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and when they had done the X-ray, he showed it to me and he said you don’t need a new knee. He said persevere with the physio for four months, and I have only been doing it for three months, and I am now perfect, like I was before. I walk, I swim, I do my exercises regularly, and I am never still. I feel like I have got a new lease of life now, because I am back to how I was before. I am really pleased with what they have done for me.”