A north-east hospital is gearing up to host its third annual games tournament for older patients.
Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen is preparing to hold the sporting event for the elderly patients who attend its wards.
The hospital currently caters for care of the elderly but also has departments for orthopaedics, mobility and rehabilitation services, ear, nose and throat, head and neck outpatient departments, audiology and hearing aid services.
The event first began as an effort by the hospital to mark International Day for Older Persons, which falls on October 1, but the effects of the games on the patients encouraged staff to hold a tournament ever year.
Activities include boccia, darts and shot putt, with each game tailored to suit patient ability.
Support manager at the hospital Scott Arnott hoped this year’s event would draw even bigger crowds than previous years.
He said: “We had around 40 to 50 patients take part last year.
“It’s such a great event because it really brings everyone together – even the patients that initially say they don’t want to get involved, always have a smile on their face by the end.
“We theme each tournament and last year we hosted the Tour de Woodend, inspired of course by the Tour de France. We had static bikes and hurdles, and gave out medals to the winners.
“This year’s event we have called the WoodendHealth Games, based on the Commonwealth games.”
The WoodendHealth Games will kick off with an opening ceremony on August 22 at 1.30pm, with guests attending from Abacus Nursery to cheer the players on.
Scott added: “We invite the patients’ relatives to come along and it’s grown each year.
“This year we are aiming to get attendance up and even more patients involved.
“The games are all about getting the patients more active and promoting an active lifestyle as part of the self-help model. Patients gain confidence when taking part and start to realise they can keep fit once they leave the hospital.
“Being active is part of every ward’s advice – for the elderly, rehabilitation after a stroke for example, and orthopaedics.
“The event is made possible by a grant from the NHS Endowment Fund, and we get a lot of support from our local branch of Tesco who provide the refreshments.
“Though really, we couldn’t do it without the staff and the willing patients and volunteers.”