Staff in Hoskyn Ward have been trying out new aids to help patients who are not steady on their feet to move around the ward.

Once the brakes are applied to the Re-Turn, the red transfer device pictured, the patient can grip the frame and can be helped by the nursing or physiotherapy staff to stand up or sit down between their bed and a nearby chair.

The grey and blue device, the ‘Sara Steady’,  has fold-down seats which allow patients to sit in a partially upright position while the staff move them to another part of the ward.

Wendy Walsh, Ward Manager, said “these new devices make a great difference to both staff and patients.  They provide extra support to patients who may be quite weak or unsteady, as they start to become more mobile. When patients are well enough to return home, and have appropriate care and support in place, they may also need aids to help them transfer from sitting to standing or vice versa.  The red aids donated by the Friends are the same as the ones which Warwickshire County Council's Equipment Service issues to patients and their carers to use in their homes. Thanks to the generosity of The Friends we now have two devices which we can keep on the wards and use to help patients and their carers become familiar with the aids before going home.” 

Willy Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Friends of St Cross, said “The staff in Hoskyn Ward were clearly delighted to have this additional equipment and it was great to see how these donations are put to use to make a difference for both patients and staff.” 

Of course we can only continue to make these donations because of the tremendous generosity of the people of Rugby. Recently we had a full house for a quiz night which raised £725 and in December we drew our Christmas Raffle which had a fantastic first prize of a weekend for 2 at Royal Ascot donated by Jamesway Travel. There were also two carol concerts in December and Christmas Cards were available at the RCCCCS sale in St Andrews Church.”

Photo: by Navin Mistry – L-R Alison Gibson, Health Care Assistant, Priya Murugappan, Physiotherpaist, Willy Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Friends of St Cross, Wendy Walsh, Ward Manager Hoskyn Ward.