Marathon effort from hospital physios

UHCW Physios volunteering at the London Marathon 2016

An eager group of physiotherapists from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust will be volunteering their time and skills as part of the London Marathon’s official medical team on Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Around 20 physiotherapists past and present from the hospital will be spending a long day in the capital helping runners with strains, exhaustion and giving medical advice to get them through the tough 26.2 mile course.

The UHCW volunteers will be part of a larger medical team for the marathon including doctors and nurses from nearby London Trusts and St John Ambulance.

Sue Crewe-Smith, Senior Physiotherapist, who has been recruiting volunteers to the event for around 15 years, said: “It’s a brilliant experience for our physiotherapists to volunteer the use of their skills at a big event like the London Marathon.

“They will be helping lots of runners, many of whom are running for charities, with a wide range of problems ranging from muscle cramps to heat exhaustion.

“There is always a really good atmosphere so we’re all really looking forward to it.”

The physiotherapists will also be looking out for a familiar face in the 38,000 runners, as UHCW Associate Director of Nursing, Ross Palmer, clocks up the miles to raise funds for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity’s Breast Cancer Unit Appeal.