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Family's high-tech help for stroke patients
Family's high-tech help for stroke patients
STROKE patients at Morriston Hospital in Swansea have been given some high-tech help with their recovery thanks to the grateful family of one patient. 
After Keith Lewis suffered a stroke in December he was able to use his own iPad during his therapy and recuperation. It not only provided access to information and useful apps but also helped him recover his dexterity and coordination. 
Now other patients who are experiencing difficulties with communication will be able to enjoy similar benefits after Keith's family handed over a new iPad to the speech and language therapy team. 
The money for the device was raised by Keith's step-daughter Hannah Jones who took part in a sponsored 10k run in Bristol in March. She also managed to collect £600 for the Stroke Association to spend on its work with patients in Swansea. 
Hannah Jones is pictured with her mum Anne Hodge-Lewis, speech therapist Nia Jenkins and step-dad Keith Lewis.

Woman is first in UK to be fitted with computer-controlled prosthetic leg
Woman is first in UK to be fitted with computer-controlled prosthetic leg
An East Sussex woman has become the first UK patient to be fitted with the new and improved C-Leg 4. 
It was fitted on Lorraine Pooley by Matthew Hughes, clinic manager at Dorset Orthopaedic.  
The C-Leg 4 is the fourth generation of the first ever computer controlled prosthetic leg, and boasts additional features compared with its three predecessors. 
Lorraine lost her right leg above the knee shortly after her 21st birthday when she was struck by a motorbike in 1991. Shortly after her accident, Lorraine was given her first prosthetic leg but found it to be heavy and cumbersome.  
Lorraine Pooley is pictured showing off her new C-Leg 4.

Physiotherapists save department thousands with recycling mission
Physiotherapists save department thousands with recycling mission
WEST Cumbria physiotherapy services have been on a recent 'recycling' mission in order to save costs within their department.  
Their campaign has saved the NHS thousands of pounds. The team, based in the West Cumberland Hospital, noticed that a significant amount of the walking aids such as zimmer frames, elbow crutches and the like were not always returned when patients no longer needed them.  
Kathryn Mitchell, clinical lead physiotherapist at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: 'A significant amount of non-pay budget is spent on walking aid equipment in the Trust largely down to a decline in the number of aids returned.  
West Cumbria physiotherapy services staff are pictured with some of the recycled walking aids that have been returned.

Robotics researchers star at MediaCityUK industry event
Robotics researchers star at MediaCityUK industry event
ROBOTICS engineers from the University of Salford were prominent players at a major industry day at MediaCityUK. 
Led by professor Samia Nefti-Meziani, Dr Steve Davis and Dr Adham Atyabi the team showcased cutting edge research in 'soft robotics' industrial automated systems and robotics for healthcare and assisted living. 
Their work featured on the BBC, Sky News and Granada and Professor Meziani - a key player in regional research and development - was interviewed by the broadcasters. 
Dr Steve Davis is pictured with professor Samia Nefti-Meziani.
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