Hospital Welcomes Donation

Elizabeth Ford tries out the flotation chair, surrounded by Friends of MDH members Helen Swift, Liz Bartley, Jill Dorling, Daphne Eldridge, Dallas Edmondson, Maureen Hayes and Rae Endersby. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d447668
Elizabeth Ford tries out the flotation chair, surrounded by Friends of MDH members Helen Swift, Liz Bartley, Jill Dorling, Daphne Eldridge, Dallas Edmondson, Maureen Hayes and Rae Endersby. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d447668

A $3000 chair designed to assist frail and vulnerable patients has been donated to Murray District Hospital.

The specialist piece of equipment, known as a flotation chair, was donated by volunteer group Friends of MDH.

Nurse unit manager Marlene Boyd said the chair would be used by patients unable to use a conventional wheelchair.

She thanked the Friends on behalf of the hospital.

“The chair is able to be used in lying and sitting positions and with all-terrain wheels can be easily manoeuvred both indoors and out,” she said.

“This means patients who would otherwise be bed-bound can be mobile around the hospital, as well as spending time out in the garden and grounds of the hospital as part of their recuperation.

“The chair will not only benefit patients, but assist staff with safe manual handling of these high-dependency patients.”

Friends president Rae Endersby said the group had held fundraising events throughout the year, in addition to their regular trolley round in the hospital.