Major investment in replacement hospital beds

Patients will be sitting more comfortably thanks to a £95,000 investment in replacement beds at Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals.

Eighty new electric beds have been delivered this week, 40 at each site, as part of a drive to replace all non-profiling beds by March 2020.

Neva Marunda and Gary Scott-Nicholson, medial engineering technicians, were tasked with carrying out the initial electrical safety checks on some of the new beds

Jug Johal, director of estates and facilities, said: “This is just one phase of our bed replacement programme which will see more than 180 beds replaced over the next four years and a total investment of £600,000.”

The beds allow patients to reposition themselves including raising them into a seated position and/or elevating their legs. They have multiple controls all within reach to meet the needs of patients including those who are visually impaired.

The easy clean beds can also be raised and lowered to suit the patient’s height. With features including enhanced siderails and mattresses which minimise pressure, the investment should also improve patient safety at the Trust by helping to prevent falls and pressure ulcers.

Ellie Monkhouse, interim chief nurse, said: “This is a much needed investment which will improve patient experience across our wards and help to keep our more vulnerable patients safe.”

The beds that are being removed will be recycled and used in other health facilities across the world.

In addition to the new electric profiling beds, the Trust is also investing £232,000 in replacement birthing beds for the Trust’s maternity wards which will enhance the experience for women in labour.

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