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Patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) are set to benefit from a range of new assistive technologies.

The new kit includes specialist speech and language equipment, acute rehabilitation and recovery equipment, exercise and measurement equipment, and more.

The funding came from Project Ted – a fund set up to celebrate allied health professional (AHP) patient services and provided by The Forever Friends Appeal, the hospital’s charity. Funding was provided to The Forever Friends Appeal through the generosity of grateful patients who were cared for by the RUH and by leaving a gift in their will.

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Gina Sargeant, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust Head of Therapies and AHP Lead, said: “We are always looking for ways we can improve the experience our patients receive and the new equipment will make a real, positive difference to them and ensure we can continue to provide them with the best possible care and rehabilitation.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported The Forever Friends Appeal by choosing to leave a gift in their Will. This type of giving is extremely important to the hospital as it gives us the flexibility we need to continue to enhance the quality of care for patients, by making improvements, funding new projects and advanced equipment.

“I like to think of our AHPs as Amazing Helpful Professionals, working across many of the specialties at the RUH and in the community too.”

The new equipment was purchased to mark Allied Health Professionals’ Day on 14 October 2021. This annual event aims to improve awareness of the 14 allied health professions and the vital contribution they make to the delivery of high-quality care.

The different roles of AHPs include a number of professionals that work with assistive technologies, such as occupational therapists (OTs), physiotherapists (PTs), and speech and language therapists (SLTs).

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