St Bartholomew’s staff benefit from e-bikes

10 Aug 2020

Staff like Samantha are enjoying new electronic bikes, thanks to £27,000 funding from our COVID-19 appeal.

To support staff wellbeing and promote healthier commutes, we’ve funded Brompton e-bikes for staff at Barts Hospital. The bikes provide motorised assistance when needed which means they’re accessible for staff who have longer commutes or physical disabilities.

Samantha, the Associate Director of Nursing Cardiology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, says, “I have a hip replacement on the right side and a hip problem (likely to need a replacement in the near future) on the other. I love the freedom of cycling but I would not be able to cycle into London regularly with my current hip issues. This takes away most of the effort."

With fears around coronavirus, many staff are finding other ways to work that don’t involve public transport. Samantha considered using public transport her highest risk activity and felt rising anxiety every time she used it. The bike alleviated this, as well as providing mental health benefits from regular exercise.

“Having a low impact exercise option available to me with the e-bike has done wonders for both my physical and mental health. I love it!” she says.

Our funding will also provide two secure bike shelters and lockers. The bikes will remain at Barts Health NHS Trust after the coronavirus crisis is over, providing benefits for years to come. Some of the bikes will be become part of a cycle library, helping staff to travel between hospitals and to partner sites in the community. Others will be used as part of a rehabilitation scheme for cardiac patients in the hospital - the electronic assistance will help patients build up strength gradually.

Jonathan Kelly, Divisional Manager at Barts Heart Centre who led the initiative, says: “NHS colleagues and other key workers are clearly voting with their feet quite literally to walk and cycle more to work. We are grateful to Barts Charity as well as to British Cycling and Brompton Bicycles for supporting this e-bike initiative, it will provide support to colleagues travelling during the pandemic but also have a wonderful legacy that we have plans to build on.”

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