Three nurses who work at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital have been chosen to provide specialist support to ParalympicsGB at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in September.
Anne Seaman, Katy Wood and Linda Harris applied for the role and will join three other nurses, six doctors and six therapists in their spare time. The three were chosen because of the range of skills they have developed working with spinal cord injured patients and the way in which these skills can be used to support people across a range of disabilities.
Katy Wood said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be selected and really excited about the Games. As specialist nursing staff we will have a key role in ensuring that the athletes keep fit and healthy and are able to perform to their full potential."
Anne will be the first to fly out to China where she will join the team at the holding camp in Macau. It will be her job to ensure that the athletes acclimatise properly and keep fit so that they can prepare for their sports. She will briefly join Katy and Linda in the Olympic Village in Beijing, whose specific role will be to provide ongoing support and care during the games with regular clinics and back up medical support.
There are 206 competing athletes in the ParalympicsGB team and, over the two week period, athletes from across the world will compete in 20 sports. The athletes could have any one of a number of disabilities ranging from spinal cord injury to impaired vision. All will be classified according to their disability so that they compete at the appropriate level.
Anne Seaman said: "It's obviously a wonderful personal achievement for the three of us to be chosen to become members of ParalympicsGB. However, it's also a credit to the reputation our staff in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre have, and the work that they do on a day-to-day basis for patients with spinal cord injuries." Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170.