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Friends of Keswick hospital donate equipment to help patients stay mobile

Jenny Griffiths, Occupational Therapist , Julie Viney, ward manager, Mike Bulman chairman of the Keswick league of friends

Specialist chairs and therapy equipment, specifically designed to help support people to get up from a sitting position, have been donated to Keswick hospital.

The local League of Friends donated the equipment to help staff to meet patients’ individual needs in a dignified and caring manner.

Mike Bulman, a spokesman for The Friends of Keswick Hospital said: “The Charity was very pleased to fund the purchase of this equipment as it helped patients to improve their mobility and their quality of life and facilitate their discharge from Hospital. In 2018 The Friends have donated nearly £7000 for equipment for Keswick Hospital and obviously this is only possible by the continued generous support of our local community which is greatly appreciated.”

Occupational Therapist Jenny Griffiths said: “We are so grateful to the league of friends for these donations. They will make such a difference to helping make sure that our patients increase and improve their mobility and help maintain their independence while in hospital.”

The specialist chairs are designed to be very flexible in meeting a range of patients’ postural support needs. They are very comfortable tilt-in-space chairs with high pressure relief qualities. The therapy equipment included a mobile sit-to-stand lift to help individuals gently rise from a seated to standing position and a ReTurn which is also a sit-to-stand aid that enables the user to carry out an assisted pivot transfer.

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