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Monday, 21 April 2014

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£7,000 donated for safety equipment at west Cumbrian hospital

West Cumberland Hospital’s League of Friends has donated £7,000 for safety equipment to help reduce the risk of patients falling.

The new seating alarms detect movement and are fitted to seats or beds of patients at risk of falling. An alarm sounds at the nurses station if the patient tries to get up unaided.

The monitor system can also be set up to sound a message to the patient in a reassuring voice to help them if they are confused.

Andrea Tomlinson, nursing standards matron, said: “The alarms have been fitted on wards throughout the hospital, including Jenkin, Gable and Honister. It will be a really important piece of safety equipment in preventing patients from falling as it alerts the staff by way of an alarm when the patient tries to get up unaided.

We are very grateful to the League of Friends for their very generous donation.”

The League of Friends raises funds for the hospital throughout the year including running the tea bar in the outpatients department.

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