Stroke patients are to be given tailored exercise classes in hospital to help them recover faster and reduce the possibility of another stroke.

The Stroke In-Reach project is a pilot developed by NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Leisure and will operate at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a year.

Ward-based stroke patients will work with a specialist instructor, Andrew Hebson from Edinburgh Leisure, to rebuild muscle strength and fitness before they return home.

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The scheme is funded by the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation (ELHF) and features a gym on the ward.

Mr Hebson said: "I work specifically on improving the impairments that have occurred as a result of the stroke and help accelerate recovery. This is an extremely exciting and rewarding project."