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Health workers at Sandwell General Hospital are getting a boost to their wellbeing thanks to a new partnership between Sandwell College and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (SWBH).

SWBH has provided a free 24-hour staff gym – and, every Friday, Sandwell College interns under the leadership of Sports Lecturer, Scott Thomas, deliver induction sessions and create four to six week personalised exercise programmes to support SWBH staff with their fitness goals.

The new gym – which is on the ground floor of Trinity House at Sandwell General Hospital – features 13 pieces of equipment, including treadmills, rowers, cross-trainers and weight machines. It’s already proving so popular with SWBH employees that there’s a waiting list for gym inductions.

Sports lecturer Scott Thomas said: “It’s great to be a part of something that benefits so many people. Health workers get access to a first-class gym whenever they need it, while our College’s interns can develop their skills in a well-equipped and professional environment. It really is a win-win situation – and a great example of how Sandwell College can bring something valuable to the wider community while getting its students ready for life in the real world.”

Olwen Dutton, Vice-Chair of the SWBH Trust Board, was one of the first people to take her induction course at the new gym. Olwen said: “The new gym is a fantastic asset to SWBH. It’s welcoming, friendly and the support from Scott and his team of interns from Sandwell College is second to none.”

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Olwen Dutton takes her induction course with Scott Thomas