New exercise bikes have been funded for patients at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.

They will be used by bone marrow transplant (BMT) and Cart-T therapy patients, who have to be in isolation for a number of weeks.

Hanni Easton, Physiotherapist and Joint Team Lead for Oncology and Haematology,  said: "Being isolated in a room can greatly affect the patient's activity levels and mood.

"Although there were some exercise bikes already on the ward there were not enough for all BMT patients to have one in their room which resulted in patients having a different admissions experience purely based on which room they were allocated.

"The benefit will be ongoing for all future BMT and Car-T therapy patients."

The money for the bikes was raised by Farrington Park Golf Club, where the members raised £12,000.

Kevin Pitts, a PGA golfer and former BMT patient, said: "Having received treatment last year at the BMT unit, I wanted to support people that are going through the same treatment and decided to hold a charity golf day to raise funds for the unit.

"It is fantastic to see the money has been put to good use with the exercise bikes, knowing that patients will benefit so much and help with their recovery.

"When we went to see the new bikes, it gave us a great sense of pride that our hard work had paid off and that patients are already enjoying the benefits."

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