By a County Press reporter
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ward sister Natalie Mew (right) with Friends' volunteer Rosemary Denham (left) and health care assistant Maddy Racket. Picture courtesy of Friends of St Mary's.
A NEW patient hoist to help lift incapacitated patients in and out of their beds in St Mary’s Hospital general rehabilitation unit has been purchased thanks to the help of the Friends.
The new hoist is the result of a £9,000 donation from the Friends of St Mary’s and had already proved useful for staff.
Sister Natalie Mew said: "It is so much easier to use than the old hoist we have.
"It also gives the weight of the patient and helps with infection control by taking disposable slings. No-one wants to use the other hoist anymore."
The hoist reduces the risk of back pain amongst hospital staff according to a Friend’s spokesman, who said that in the past it was claimed two-thirds of NHS sickness across the country was related to back pain and other musculoskeletal problems.
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