At the beginning of June 2015, the wound clinic at Avalon House received a very special delivery. Thanks to funding from brighterway, a brand new bariatric chair arrived to take the strain off painful backs and provide patients with a new level of comfort.
Before its arrival, staff at the wound clinic in Winchester had been using regular furniture and a second-hand bariatric couch to treat its heavier and larger patients – not an ideal situation.
Sue Hammett, wound clinic nurse, explained: “Before we got the chair, we had to lifts patient’s legs from the floor – often very heavy legs – causing staff all sorts of back problems. The equipment we had wasn’t designed to easily treat larger patients, making it a difficult and uncomfortable experience for everyone.”
The new bariatric chair a sturdy and safe piece of equipment. It is electronically controlled leg rests and chair height makes treating and dressing wounds easier. The chair can also be fully reclined into a couch if necessary.
Sue continued: “I was really pleased when I found out we were getting the chair. Patients like it, it’s great fun and it makes treating wounds and leg ulcers so much easier for us. Around six patients a month require the full functionality of the chair, however I use it for all of my patients and have received great feedback since it arrived.”