St Cross staff discussing how the new monitors will be used.

Oak Ward at St Cross has recently received eight new movement detecting pads which are known as ‘falls monitors’.

These are placed under the bedding or seat cushions of frail patients in order to alert staff that a patient who is unsteady on their feet may be about to attempt to get out of bed or up from the chair and so require assistance in order to prevent them from falling. Modern Matron Judith Lewis said “these new monitors assist us to prevent patients suffering harm by slipping or tripping when getting out of bed or up from a chair on their own. The alarm on the monitor alerts the staff when patients are not able to do this themselves. We are very grateful for the donation of these monitors and all the other support that these wards have received from the Friends.”