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Outdoor gyms for the NHS

Over the past 10 years, we have been lucky enough to have worked with various NHS organisations to install outdoor gym equipment into the grounds of hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and Mental Health Trusts. The popularity and success of these outdoor gyms into such a variety of establishments has meant that we now have close to 100 installations in the NHS throughout the UK.

Hillis Lodge Fresh Air Fitness Gym

8th June 2020

The key focus driving these projects has been helping in the rehabilitation of patients, in both secure environments or outpatients and their visitors. More recently, organisations have also sought solutions for their employees, offering an outdoor gym for staff to use to help support their health and wellbeing, which is critical given the difficult circumstances that staff often have to deal with.

Time and time again we receive such positive feedback, testament to the benefits these facilities provide. “The staff have found the new outdoor gym very beneficial for both the patients and themselves and the patients have really enjoyed using the equipment” Hillis Lodge MHT

A number of NHS organisations have proceeded to purchase multiple pieces of equipment, expanding existing gyms or to adding multiple gyms across various sites. Our gyms have been particularly beneficial in mental health ward environments. The Trusts at Birmingham and Solihull and Barnet and Enfield have seen such benefit our outdoor gyms offer, that they have each installed a gym into more than ten different locations.

“The patients have really enjoyed using the equipment” Tamara Roberts, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. “Activities have been planned to incorporate using the equipment, patients are enjoying these sessions and even using them for unplanned activity too”

Secure units do provide their challenges. However, our outdoor gym equipment has been designed is such a way that we are able to disassemble and reassemble the products, allowing us to manoeuvre the equipment down small corridors into secure yards.

Our expertise also means that we're able to install the equipment into yards with difficult paving areas, into tarmac or into grassed areas.  We can also deliver full solutions for those with a requirement for surfacing, wet pour or rubber mulch, due to the condition of their patients.

We are all so proud of our NHS, nevermore so than over recent months, and we look forward to working with the NHS going forward to deliver even more outdoor gym installations to patients, staff and visitors and help their physical and mental wellbeing. 

As a special thank you, we are offering a 25% discount to our NHS on all orders placed for the rest of the year.  Please click here to find out more or call us 01483 608860.

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