More than £20,000 from Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity has been spent on air bed-style kits to help patients and visitors at the Manor Hospital who suffer a fall.
The inflatable ‘HoverJack’ kits work to maximise comfort and minimise the risk of injury to both the person who has fallen and staff trying to manoeuvre them. The beds costing £7,500 each are quick to inflate and allow for easy transfer to a bed or a stretcher; maintaining dignity.
While also proving to be a safer method (as opposed to a hoist), the equipment will also free up Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust staff- who may have been needed as part of a moving team- enabling other vulnerable patients to be supported.
Moving and Handling Trainer Joanne Barker said: “The kits will really benefit patients and visitors who may be unfortunate enough to experience a fall as they will support us in moving them safely; particularly when they may have suspected fractures that could be further damaged through movement.
“We’d like to thank Well Wishers for purchasing the equipment which will make a huge difference to our patients.”
Georgie Westley, Fundraising Manager, added: “It’s great to be able to give both our patients and staff the reassurance that this fantastic new equipment is available should they need it. We are pleased to support the moving and handling team in their efforts to provide the best care possible.”
“Thanks to Paige Edwards and her fellow apprentices for showing us how the HoverJacks work!”
Photo caption: Apprentices Rahema Begum, Jordan Bowyer, Stephen Holyhead, Paige Edwards and Ellie Brogan, Amanda Walters (Assessor) and Georgie Westley (Fundraising Manager).