Stephanie’s inspirational story

Stephanie’s inspirational story

AFG’s Oak Lodge independent hospital in Bolton has played a pivotal role in Stephanie Summerton beginning to get her life back on track.

Having just left Oak Lodge after 18 months, Stephanie has now moved to nearby supported living accommodation where she can grow her independence and continue her recovery from post-natal depression.

“Following the birth of my son I wasn’t sleeping, because of constant feeding, which went on for months. I stopped doing the things I enjoyed such as running. It changed my life so much and I became incredibly mentally tired, with physical symptoms too. My son was two by the time I eventually sought help from my local GP. After time in hospital, Stephanie was assessed as suitable for Oak Lodge – arriving in July 2017.

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A view from Oak Lodge: an Occupational Therapist’s blog

A view from Oak Lodge: an Occupational Therapist’s blog

Rosie Longshaw has worked at our CQC Outstanding-rated Oak Lodge independent hospital in Bolton for nearly a year. Before that she worked at a low secure unit for three years – after qualifying as an occupational therapist (OT). Here she reflects on her year at Oak Lodge.

“As an OT I am passionate about providing opportunities for people to engage in a range of meaningful activities which support their mental and physical health. I want everyone at Oak Lodge to increase their independence and build a life for themselves outside of hospital which is purposeful and meaningful to them.

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