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Right Arrow Fish tank donation to spinal room
07 June 2016 at 13:42

A hospital’s spinal unit has welcomed new visitors - exotic fish.

North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, took delivery of two fish tanks.

One has been donated by design business Ryu Creative, which is run by a patient at the spinal centre, Ryan Forshaw.

The other has been donated by Aqualease – a Blackburn-based company which supplies fully serviced aquariums to education and health care sectors.

The two fish tanks now have pride of place in a day room used by patients. The day room was officially opened last month.
Emily Hoban, who runs the Spinal Centre, said: “The day room has been total refurbished and now provides a fantastic environment for our patients. We are really grateful to Ryan and the team at Aqualease for donating the fish tanks.”

Ryan, 37 from Leigh near Wigan, was paralysed from the shoulders down after being involved in a serious accident in 1996. He said: “Aquariums are abundant in health care benefits. The donation aims to help fellow patients during their rehabilitation periods.”

Ryan works with Aqualease on its design and marketing and this is how the donation came about.

Dan Green from Aqualease added: “We are delighted to make this donation to the hospital and hope that the patients enjoy watching the fish. Fish tanks can help improve physical and mental wellbeing. We think they will add to the calming atmosphere of the room.”

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre cares for people with spinal cord injuries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, Cheshire, parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man.

It is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the treatment of people with high cervical spinal cord injury.


Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.

2. Aqualease was formed by Dan Green and Chris Hibbert 13-years-ago. Aqualease specialises in 'hassle free' aquarium rentals with features to enhance home or businesses. Customers include schools, hospitals, and even Premership footballers. More details at:

3. Ryu Creative is a design business which offers creative services to its existing clientèle and to new and exciting clients. It brings the best creative possibility to each and every project from simple logo design to a full bells and whistles marketing campaign.