"Excellent support with a smile"

About: Chesterfield Royal Hospital

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After breaking my wrists I was referred to Occupational Therapy. They hold a hand clinic 3 times a week where participants get a taylor made set of exercises which are frequently reviewed and updated. Depending on need then attendance can be for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions.

The staff there are very supportive and positive. They are open with explanations and are a real tonic when you are feeling down or frustrated with your progress.

They have a rather forbidding looking machine called the BTE (I never have worked out what it stands for - although I had a couple of ideas of my own!). Using this "exercise" machine alongside other exercises really promotes progress and recovery. It looks like a torture machine but really is not - it gently exercises and strengthens and with the pleasant company supervising it becomes quite a relaxing experience.

As your recovery progresses there is usually the opportunity to start the "Heavy Workshop" where hand tools are used to do woodwork. Starting with a natty birdbox, if longer attendance is required then a garden planter or decorative shelves can be made. The heavy workshop adds a very satisfying and diverting dimension to occupational therapy exercises.

My progress would not have been the same without this amazing team.

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Response from Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us - pleased to hear that you have been able to make good progress with the help of Occupational Therapy. I will make sure they see your comments! The Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE) is a great piece of kit that we invested in a few years ago. Because it can simulate “real world” job functions in a clinical setting it's great for measuring a patient’s loss of function and progress. It means that therapy programmes cam be tailored to individual patient need. This has clearly worked for you and I hope you continue to make good progress. Best wishes Sarah Turner-Saint, Head of Communications

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