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Paddy’s Story – Occupational Health

Paddy Trainor is a regular face at racecourses up and down the country, in his role as travelling head lad to Mark Johnston.  However, after an accident eight years ago left him with severe back pain, he was struggling to do everyday tasks and had been forced to stop riding out. 

Paddy initially sought medical help from his wife’s chiropractor and on referral for an MRI scan, he was diagnosed with disc impingement.  Paddy was desperate to get treatment but was worried about the significant cost of this and how it would impact the family finances.  Paddy sought assistance from his local welfare team in Middleham who helped him to access Racing’s Occupational Health Service.

Paddy tells us his story:

“By the beginning of this year my back pain had become intolerable, but treatment is expensive and I have a family to provide for.  I had heard about Racing’s Occupational Health Service following yard visits from my local welfare officer, Gail, and from posters that had been displayed in the yard.

I contacted Racing Welfare about the service and the team made everything so easy.  My first appointment with the occupational health nurse was done over the phone which really helped as it was arranged at a time that fitted in around work.  The whole process worked really well for me and Racing Welfare provided the financial support to pay for the treatment I needed.”