Reopening of refurbished Physio Gym at Regional Disablement Services


The Gym at the Regional Prosthetic Service in Musgrave Park Hospital Regional was “re-opened” today (Tuesday 28 April 2015) by Professor James Nixon, Chair of the MITRE Committee.


MITRE kindly donated 50% of the funding that was required to refurbish the Gym and the other 50% was provided by funds from patients via Amputee Charitable Funds.

The Gym has been extended and has been totally refurbished to bring it more into line with a regular Gym that patients will encounter in the community.

Pictured: Back Brian Barry, Patricia Humpreys, Prof. James Nixon & Geraldine Laughlin Front (Users/patients) Michael Flynn from Roslea & Hazel Galbraith from Ballymena.


Safe and Secure Environment

Losing a limb is a traumatic experience for anyone but the Gym provides a safe and secure environment where patients can learn to walk again following amputation. The facilities available also now give patients an opportunity to try out gym equipment in a controlled environment before returning to their preferred sport or activity following amputation.

Performing the “re-opening” ceremony, Professor Nixon said he was delighted that MITRE was in a position to help the Trust to provide a state of the art facility for amputees. He wished all those using the facility well with their rehabilitation programme and praised the staff for the excellent work that they do with patients daily in order to allow them to reach their optimum mobility.

Brian Barry, Director for the Service Group thanked MITRE for their generous contribution and also thanked the Prosthetic User Forum for their help and assistance with the project.

It is hoped that more patients will be able to use the refurbished facility on an Out Patient basis as well as those who currently use it each day on an in-patient basis.