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New high-tech chairs for stroke patients

15th February 2011

New high-tech chairs improve care for stroke patients

Stroke patients at Conquest Hospital can now be cared for in specialised chairs that adapt electrically to their individual needs thanks to a donation from Bexhill League of Friends.

A gift of almost £9,000 was given by the Friends to Egerton Ward to purchase ten high-tech chairs.

Patient Samuel Goodsell demonstrates one of the chairs to members of Bexhill League of Friends. (L-R): Harriet Chapman (Friends social committee chairman), Dr Rahmani (Consultant), Gail Porter (Physiotherapist), Marion Bull (Egerton Ward sister), Stu
Patient Samuel Goodsell demonstrates one of the chairs to members of Bexhill League of Friends. (L-R): Harriet Chapman (Friends social committee chairman), Dr Rahmani (Consultant), Gail Porter (Physiotherapist), Marion Bull (Egerton Ward sister), Stuart Earl (Friends chairman)

They are remotely-operated and have improved the opportunity for speeding up the recovery and rehabilitation of patients.

Gail Porter, Physiotherapist, said: “Patients have found the chairs extremely useful. The fact we are able to raise or lower them to suit the patients’ individual needs is so important. It means we can get people out of bed much earlier and into the chairs. The earlier we can get them into the chairs the better their rehabilitation.”

Dr Rahmani, Consultant Physician and the Clinical Stroke Lead for the Trust, said: “The old chairs could not be adapted to the individual needs of the patient and were difficult to handle. These are so much easier.”

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