George Eliot staff with some of the 320 new beds.
Hard-working staff from George Eliot Hospital Trust and Linet UK were able to complete the massive task of swapping 320 old beds for state-of-the-art new ones in just two days – without disrupting patient care.
An investment of £500,000 saw the Nuneaton hospital upgrade hundreds of new beds, which will be complimentary to a previous investment in Hybrid dynamic mattresses, to assist in reducing pressure ulcers.
The new beds include soft-drop, full length side rails,‘Mobilift’ technology and integrated under bed lighting, which increase patient comfort, help to reduce falls and allow patients to regain independence faster.
There are also illuminated angle indicators, which show staff the lowest, safest position for the bed in dark lighting. Meanwhile, a new handset allows staff to adjust the bed to suit different needs, such as an examination position and a cardiac chair position to accomplish the ideal resting position improving conditions for both patients and staff.
Lorraine Thursby, the hospital’s service lead for tissue viability, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you for all the effort and support George Eliot Hospital staff gave during this mammoth task of the trust-wide bed swap. I think people will all agree that we have made an enormous investment to both patient and staff safety and visitors and patients will see how fantastic the wards now look with the new beds in situ.”
The upgrade was temporarily hampered by Storm Hannah when 104 of the beds were left stranded in Calais after ferries were cancelled on Saturday evening, but staff pressed on with their mission and were able to complete the upgrade at the 11th hour.
Lorraine added: “I have to say all our staff did superbly, even when plans went wayward.”