Staff and patients have celebrated the grand opening of an activity hub to serve patients on the medicine for older people (MOP) wards. The hub will play a key role in getting people moving while tackling the loneliness that some patients feel while in hospital.

At the opening ceremony, matron Steve Hicks introduced the concept of the activity hub as a designated space to help encourage exercise and social interaction as well as to create links with the wider community.

Steve said: "The MOP hub will be a destination point for our patients to come to and improve their mobility whilst they're on the wards and also a place where we can bridge with our community partners and address loneliness."

With reports claiming ten days in a hospital bed can lead to a 10% reduction of muscle mass for patients over the age of 80, it is important to keep patients active and taking part in regular exercise.

Advanced physiotherapist Hannah Wood added: "We want our patients to feel empowered and help prepare them for going home by offering a diverse range of mental, physical, emotional and social support programmes."

The hub is designed to be a resource centre for patients and their families to interact in a comfortable environment away from the clinical feel of a hospital ward. Activities will include exercise classes and movie nights as well as time for games and puzzles.

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