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Left L-R: Di Eccleston, Amanda Steward, Darren Cattell, Rev Janet Hallam, Jo Sheppard, Dr  John Wilkinson, Maggie Oldham. Right L-R: Pam Ainslie, Martin Keightley, Rob Jubb, Dr Harjs Singh and Dr Oscar Croysdale

Following feedback from staff at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, the Outdoor Gym at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport has been re-located.

Previously, the gym was in a dark, hidden and out of the way position at the top of the hospital site. Now it’s in an easily accessible, bright and welcoming area just off the path leading from the Education Centre/Junior Doctors Mess down to Sevenacres.

Di Eccleston, Head of Occupational Health at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

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“A healthy and fit workforce is essential to ensuring that patients get the best possible services and treatment.  Our outdoor gym is just one of the ways we support our staff.  Now that we’ve moved the outdoor gym in response to staff comments it would be good to see it in use every day.”

The gym comprises a range of equipment including double sit up bench, double pull down challenger, double health walker, parallel bars and many others including some for wheelchair users.

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

“Exercise is an essential part of living, the benefits of mental and physical health simply cannot be ignored. Yet, in day to day life, with numerous pressures in play, it can be difficult to find the time for fitness.  I am committing now to using the outdoor gym.  I am also challenging staff to join me in September to use the facility for at least 60 minutes, the equivalent of three 20 minute sessions, per week.”

The move of the outdoor gym was supported by the Trust’s capital investment programme.

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