At Shenton Park, George Bedbrook stressed a sterile environment and strategies to prevent pressure sores. He gathered around him a talented and committed staff including John (Johnno) Johnston, a former army fitness instructor, who worked as a physiotherapist. Johnston created a pulley system for patients in bed. As soon as patients were able to start exercising, in bed or out, they were required to begin. There was also a small gymnasium where patients trained on a weights circuit and were encouraged to climb ropes to develop upper body strength. The ultimate achievement was climbing the rope to the top and signing your name on the ceiling.
Date: December 1954