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Wishbone Trust Joint Walk Sunday 25 March at Hawke's Bay Hospital

Two hip replacements haven’t slowed Clive man Bill Ballantyne down. The active walker, cyclist and aqua-aerobics participant believes mobility is the key to successful joint replacement recovery.

Mr Ballantyne will be one of a number of people who will be taking part in the Wishbone Trust Joint Walk on Sunday March 25th, at 10:30 at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

The nationwide event happens every two years and this is the first time Hawke’s Bay has taken part. People who have had a joint replacement are invited to join in the walk around the hospital campus to raise money for the Wishbone Trust, which funds orthopaedic research in NZ. A proportion of the money raised goes back to local orthopaedic departments for resources to help improve patient care.

Orthopaedic surgeon and Hawke’s Bay organiser of the event Alistair Dray said mobility was fundamental to successful joint replacements and every patient was encouraged to start mobilizing the day after surgery as a first step towards recovery and regaining mobility.

“The aim of the Walk is to raise awareness as well as resources for ongoing research, in a fun way. We want to celebrate how successful joint replacements are for most patients, and invite past patients to join in and get their friends and family to sponsor them,” he said.

The walk will start by the Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel at 10:30 on Sunday March 25th, and light refreshments will be served with spot prizes awarded afterwards.

Any patients who cannot come but would like to make a donation to the Wishbone Trust are welcome to post it to Joint Walk, Villa 1, Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

Pictured: from left Bill Ballantyne discussing the joint walk with Hawke’s Bay orthopaedic surgeon Alistair Dray

HBDHB Media Release 16 March 2012 ENDS