Staff at this UK hospital start the day with a morning ballroom dance routine

Nurses at a Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in South West England have a new daily routine to boost spirits - a ballroom dancing session on the ward before they start their shift.

The 22 staff members of orthopaedic outpatient team spend five minutes each morning moving and shaking to some upbeat dance tunes to get warmed up for work.

The unique daily fitness routine was only started in the department about four weeks ago.

But Orthopaedic Practitioner Andrew Stewart, who introduced it, says it is already proving a big hit.

Andrew, 58, who works on the orthopaedic outpatient ward said: “It’s a great way to warm yourself up, get your spirits going.

“We’re always busy on the outpatient department, we can see between 200 and 400 patients in a morning, so it can get a bit intense. The dancing helps to clear the mind.

“It’s still very new, but it’s already proved to be a big success in the department.”

Andrew, who has worked at the hospital for 12 years, loves to dance, and goes to a weekly ballroom and Latin dancing classes – which is where he got the idea.

He said: “We do this thing called the Cupid shuffle at the end of each session, and I thought, this is what I’m looking for to bring back to work.”

The footage was captured on Tuesday (February 12).