First high-tech beds at hospital

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THE first batch of advanced electrically adjustable beds have arrived at West Suffolk Hospital.

The first 79 arrived on Saturday and are part of a £525,000 investment in 236 beds to replace older electrical and pump-up furniture which is manually adjusted by staff.

The beds can be set to a variety of positions and are designed to spread the patient’s weight evenly, for comfort and to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers.

Matron Tracey Oats said: “These new beds will make a big difference to both patients and staff. As well as being more comfortable, they are very simple to use and can be fully adjusted to whichever position suits that particular patient.

“This can be especially useful for people who need help with eating or would benefit from sitting upright to help with chest complaints and other medical problems.

“The beds will also reduce the amount of manual handling done by staff while the technology is so advanced that any issues which do occur with the mechanisms can easily be solved simply by plugging it into a laptop.”

Matron Oats added: “We will be phasing in the beds across the trust over the coming months and are really pleased that we have been able to invest this significant sum in something which will make a real difference for both patients and staff.”

The old beds will be donated to the Bury charity Aid to Hospitals Worldwide, which recycles medical equipment by sending it to developing countries.