National Physiotherapy Week June 20 - June 25
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Next week is National Physiotherapy Week and the hospitalís physiotherapy team is inviting journalists and photographers to visit them to see them in action.
There will be opportunities to interview physiotherapists who work in a number of different areas and some of the patients they are working with.
National Physiotherapy Week is organised by the Chartered Society of physiotherapists and aims to raise the profile of the profession.
At West Suffolk Hospital there are 30 physiotherapists and 15 physiotherapy assistants. They treat between eight and 15 patients each every day.
Superintendent Physiotherapist Rosie Finch said: "Many people still have a misconception that physios massage people who have had an injury and physiotherapy is always related to sports injuries.
"We do of course treat sports injuries, but we work in many different areas with people who have a range of injuries, conditions and illness.
"We work with premature babies, children with physical disabilities, with mothers who have just given birth to help them get moving again. We work with amputees, people who have suffered a stroke, people who have had fractures or been in road accidents and we help get people back on their feet after surgery."
To train as a physiotherapist you have to undergo an intensive three or four year degree course which tests students physically as well as mentally.
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