A NEW initiative by health chiefs is helping to get patients on the move.

A quiet corridor in Ward 24 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital has been turned into a place where patients can get more active.

Dubbed ‘Exercise Alley,’ it is decorated with a set of stimulating wall stickers which show people how to perform simple exercises that will improve their strength and balance.

This is the first time the illustrations, newly created by Scotland’s walking charity Paths for All, have been used in a hospital and they add to a 60m signposted walking circuit already on the ward.

Jane Porteous, an enhanced recovery nurse at the Paisley hospital, said: “Patients who are stepping down from the high dependence unit are encouraged to participate in circuits and then progress to adding one or two of the strength and balance exercises to their laps.”