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Charity funds help lighten the loads of West Suffolk Hospital porters

Transporting patients around West Suffolk Hospital is now even easier thanks to the purchase of ten new wheelchairs designed to lighten the load for porters.

The lightweight equipment has been paid for with £5,500 of charitable funds. Highly manoeuverable, the chairs can turn on the spot and are also easy to clean, in line with the latest infection prevention standards.

The new chairs will also reduce the risks of staff developing musculoskeletal and back problems and taking time off work as a result.

Neil Herbert, moving and handling advisor at the hospital, said: “The portering service plays a major role in the smooth day to day running of many of our services, both on the frontline and behind the scenes.

Lightweight-wheelchair-press-launch-pic“With this in mind, we felt it vital to provide them with the best available equipment to help them carry out their daily duties to the best of their abilities.

“We are delighted to receive the funding for these new chairs, which are robust yet lightweight, easy to clean and easy to manoeuvre.

“They can also be fitted with a range of additional features, such as oxygen cylinder holders, document holders, intravenous poles and orthopaedic leg rests, again helping make life easier for our busy portering staff.”

Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager for West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted to have purchased these lightweight chairs to benefit our dedicated portering team.

“This is a perfect example of how the charity can help support the hospital and its staff, as well as patients and their families.”



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