STAFF and patients from the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary are to become film stars.
The hospital is to launch a pioneering exercise DVD, aimed at cancer patients.
And the stars of the film will be hospital staff and patients who have fought breast cancer.
To produce the ground-breaking DVD, Macmillan breast cancer specialist nurse Susan Booker and clinical lead physiotherapist in oncology Lisa Wright, have teamed up with leading breast cancer support charity, Breast Cancer Care.
The DVD is designed to help women recovering from breast cancer to get back into exercise.
Susan Booker, said: “I first thought of the idea of an exercise video some years ago after watching one at home by one of the Emmerdale actresses.
“I thought it wouldn’t take much to produce an excellent one for women who are recovering mobility after surgery”.
Following the huge success of the Trust’s own self-produced exercise video, staff decided launching a professional DVD would provide a vital service to women nationally.
After contacting Breast Cancer Care, Susan and Lisa were able to secure the required funding.
Susan said: “We are delighted to have secured the backing of Breast Cancer Care and to be able to make our idea a reality which will benefit thousands of women”.
The film will cover all aspects of exercise for breast cancer patients, from on-going rehabilitation to specific arm exercises.
A section by exercise-based cancer rehabilitation specialist, Prof Anna Campbell will also provide realistic exercise advice.
Filming is due to start in May at a local dance studio, and copies should be available in hospitals and cancer centres throughout the UK by the summer.
Copies will also be available, free of charge, from Breast Cancer Care’s website and Helpline.
Carolyn Rogers, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, said: “Like all of our services and publications, it will be free of charge so people can take it home and use it to guide their exercise at a time and pace that best suits them”.