Patients at Inverclyde Royal Hospital’s renal unit can rest easy during treatment thanks to two new special chairs bought with funds from the local branch of the League of Friends.
A total of £3200 was donated to the unit and the electric chairs are being used practically 24 hours a day seven days a week when patients come in for their dialysis.
Sister Julie Tortolano at the renal unit said: “Because the chairs are electric patients can make themselves more comfortable by simply pressing a button to change them into a sitting or flat position.
“This is a real benefit for patients coming in for dialysis which can last up to six hours at a time.
“They are more in control during their treatment and means that they and don’t have to ask a nurse to help them sit up or lie down.”
Andrew Robertson, chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “I would once again like to thank the Friends for their continuing generosity and support of the hospital.
“These latest pieces of equipment for the renal unit, because they offer patients an element of independence, will make their time there more relaxing and comfortable.”
Mrs Jean Rees, Chairperson of the League of Friends added: “We have a long connection with the IRH and take a lot of satisfaction that our fundraising is all carried out locally and remain in Inverclyde, providing practical benefits for patients and makes their stay as pleasant as possible under the circumstances.
“In the last year up to Nov 2010, the League spent a total of £130,000 on donations to the hospital, local health related projects and also supporting our transport division. “
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]