The SURE Committee has approved funding of £14,571 for the purchase of 9 new Merlin riser recliner chairs for the Beacon Ward at the Beacon Centre.
Sharron Sussex, Beacon Ward Sister, said "We had some charitable funds that were made available for the ward to purchase 5 new recliner chairs earlier this year when we had to condemn some recently. When the Beacon Day Unit replaced their chairs last year we had the best of the old ones to replace the worst of ours but unfortunately some of these have now also had to be condemned.
The new chairs have been a huge success with staff and patients so it would be fantastic if we could replace all the old chairs with the recliners.
We have had many positive comments from patients about how comfortable they are and from staff as it helps promote independence for patients and facilitates safer manual handling for the nurses, these are riser recliner chairs our current ones are quite low and difficult for patients to get out of".