A new state-of-the-art piece of equipment was launched this week in the Peamount Hospital Rehabilitation Unit by Dublin Mid-West T.D., Frances Fitzgerald.
The HUR Pulley Functional Trainer (PFT) is the first of its kind in the country, having completed an initial trial for a number of months. Designed in Finland, the free-standing machine can be used by both inpatients and out-patients to improve their limb and core strength.
Speaking at the launch, Fitzgerald commented:
“I am delighted that Peamount now has top-of-the-range equipment for strength-rehabilitating patients. A number of patients in the room today have told me about their experience with the machine and the visible signs of improvement that they have experienced as a result of this trial. I’m also encouraged to hear the PFT can also be used by wheelchair-users – as well as patients who have suffered from stroke or have undergone hip-replacement surgery.”
Thanking all involved in the acquisition of the equipment, Fitzgerald noted:
“This would not have been possible without the generosity that was shown through the Patient Donations Fund and the hard-working staff in Peamount Hospital. I am a great admirer of environments which require a multidisciplinary approach – and the Rehabilitation Unit is testament to such an approach. Congratulations to the occupational therapists; physiotherapists; social workers; consultant geriatricians; student physiotherapists and all of the staff, whose small acts make the difference during difficult journeys to recovery.”
Development of new 100-bed unit progressing towards completion
Deputy Fitzgerald also welcomed the development of the new healthcare facility within the complex, which is currently under construction. This will provide an additional 50 residential beds as well as 50 neuro-rehabilitation beds – all of which will help address the complex needs of many patients.
“I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this much-needed project in Peamount Hospital. I intend to follow its progression over the coming months – and I shall continue to work closely with Minister Harris to ensure that this new development delivers in its huge potential.