Patients needing rehabilitation following a stroke can now
benefit from a specialized exercise bike which has been bought with
funding from local donations.
The bike is based on the stroke rehab ward at Bishop Auckland
Hospital and has been funded through donations from patients and
their families and friends.
The donations include £690 from the family and friends of former
patient, David Storey. David was a keen cyclist and walker
before his stroke but unfortunately due to the type of stroke he
had was unable to engage in physiotherapy exercises and would have
benefited from the MOTOMmed exercise bike.
Mr Storey's father, Fred said: "The staff on the ward are
wonderful and were really good to us. Dave was only here four or
five days but we saw how tremendous they are, they'd do anything
for you so it is important they have the best equipment."
The MOTOmed is a motor-assisted movement therapy device. It
has pedals for both arms and legs. It can move a patient's affected
side passively if they have no movement but the bike can
also be tailored to suit every individual patient depending on
their muscle tone and strength. It has different speeds/resistance
and also a few built in games to engage the patients while they
At a presentation on the ward, staff unveiled the new bike to a
group of David's friends and family. The presentation was also
attended by other supporters and local fundraisers.
Yvonne Bland, ward manager said: "Sadly not all our patient
recover. Much of our money comes from family and friends of loved
who passed away, in lieu of flowers, which can only be described as
an absolute honour and we are proud people do that for the
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community