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A new rehabilitation centre in North Canterbury is the first of its kind, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

This week Doocey brought Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges to visit the centre and meet its first inpatient client.

“I assisted Lucie right at the beginning when she was looking to get connected to our health services to work alongside the Canterbury District Health Board and ACC in offering assistance to patients who don’t need to be in hospital and want to regain their independence but are not quite ready to go home,” Doocey said.

“We know it’s better for people to be out of hospital beds and to be regaining their independence and mobility but until the North Canterbury Rehabilitation Centre opened its doors, there was nowhere locally that people could go for step-down, residential rehabilitation,” Doocey said.

Physiotherapist Lucie Hartfield and her husband, Don Shore, had already established Hartfield Physiotherapy in Rangiora in 2014 but saw a need to offer a step-down model of care and took their business to the next level.

Their first client, Bernie Hamilton, was referred after his family heard about the centre and discussed his transfer to the centre rather than to long-term aged residential care, Lucie said.

Bernie (74) was working at the family business right up until he had a stroke this year. A former cricketing umpire in his spare time, keeping active is a priority for Bernie.

“Bernie’s children were very positive that they wanted to help Bernie to become independent again and to regain his strength and mobility. They also wanted him close to home so they could come visit him,” Lucie said.

Lucie said Bernie has already offered to prune the centre’s numerous rose bushes. As for Bernie, he says he is working towards the goal of being able to catch a cricket ball again.

The North Canterbury Rehabilitation Centre is an entrant in the 2018 Enterprise North Canterbury Business Awards in the Professional Services category.

Caption:

Bernie Hamilton demonstrates to Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges and Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey how he has increased strength using a kettlebell weight guided by physiotherapist Lucie Hartfield.

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