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New beds for hospital

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | News | Published:

An investment of half a million pounds will help to improve patients’ safety and comfort at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and help staff, health bosses have said.

From left, Linda Head, Moving and Handling Co-ordinator at the hospital; patient Martin Griffiths, and Martin Davies, Regional Account Manager at Linet.

The Trust has spent £540,000 in buying 200 new beds and mattresses, which were installed over the weekend. It is also spending a further £12,000 on a maintenance contract.

The 200 new beds have replaced existing beds which were a mixture of both electric and hydraulic beds aged from 10 years upwards, with a few of the oldest manual beds being more than 25 years old.

Many will now go to hospitals in third world countries.

Linda Head, Moving and Handling Co-ordinator at the hospital, said the beds will greatly improve patients’ comfort, while they are in hospital.

She said: “This investment reaffirms the trust’s commitment to providing the highest standard of care for our patients.

“The right beds will help provide a safe environment for our patients, improve clinical efficiency and help reduce the risk of injuries to both patients and staff.”

She said the beds will help reduce the risk of falls, and reduce the risk of pressure ulcers for patients.

For staff, the new beds will result in a reduction of the need for moving and handling, which lowers the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

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They were supplied by Linet, a specialist hospital beds, mattresses and nursing care equipment provider, who also helped with the installation.

Linda added: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped out with the delivery and installation of the beds over the weekend. Everyone’s efforts were so appreciated because it was a really colossal task but the end result is so worthwhile and the feedback we’ve had from patients and staff so far has been brilliant."

Martin Griffiths, one of the first patients to use the new beds, is currently recovering from a knee replacement on Clwyd Ward.

“It’s a privilege to be one of the early few to use these brilliant new beds. I’ve been extremely comfortable since having my op. They are a fantastic investment.”

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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