BART marathon fundraising already being put to good use

05 July 2019

BART marathon fundraising already being put to good use

The BART team would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who made history and took part for BART in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon events on Sunday the 5th of May.

This was our first ever time having anyone taking part in the marathon and the support we received was incredible! With around 200 runners and walkers on the day we really feel like it put us on the map and helped us get the word out there about our little charity and the great work we do.

Already the donations we received are being put to use on a really important study in Musgrave Park Hospital. The Department of Health’s most recent Waiting Time Statistics Report listed trauma and orthopaedics as having the most patients on waiting lists. At the moment there are around 4,000 patients waiting in pain and it is having a massive impact on their quality of life. This is a huge problem! BART is now funding a service improvement on enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) for hip and knee replacement patients. ERAS is a treatment program based on the best available medical science. Many research reports have shown that using ERAS as opposed to traditional care has marked improvements on recovery. A simple way of explaining the difference between standard care and ERAS is that in standard care, the process begins with the operation, whereas in ERAS, it ends with the operation. Its aim is to better prepare patients for surgery and help them to recover more quickly so that the operation will have less impact on the patient and the patient has more control over their recovery. It will also improve the use of hospital resources, meaning lower waiting lists. ERAS is already being used successfully in other parts of the UK and around the world.

The aim would be that ERAS could be extended to other areas once it is running successfully for hips and knees. The initiative is now underway in Musgrave Park and already differences are being seen in hospital and the feedback from patients has been positive. The staff willingness to get on board with ERAS has been tremendous and we can’t wait to see the results!

BART is Northern Ireland’s hip and knee replacement research charity. By 2030 the number of joint replacements required will have doubled so research is needed now. There is so much more we can do to help joint replacement patients but WE NEED YOUR HELP. Will you #TakePart4BART in the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon on Sunday the 22nd of September? Sign up at and tick the box to fundraise for BART.


Email or phone 02890 683530 to get your free fundraising pack today or to register your interest in volunteering for us on the day.