Queen Elizabeth Hospital fundraising for new equipment to stop patients falling

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The lead nurse for frail and elderly care at an acute hospital hopes obtaining vital new equipment will help reduce the number of patients suffering extra injuries by falling.

Alison Webb, of Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn, has thrown her support behind the ExCel Appeal, as the hospital tries to ensure the growing number of elderly patients get the best care possible.

The appeal, supported by the EDP, aims to raise £50,000 to buy three types of specialist equipment which would vastly improve the care of elderly patients.

One piece of that equipment will help prevent falls, which can often lead to longer hospital stays for patients.

By placing a small sensor beneath a patient's bed-mattress or cushion of a chair, nurses can be alerted to a person trying to get out of bed or chair.

They can then help the patient to ensure they avoid falling.

Mrs Webb said: 'If someone falls they can fracture a bone and it will likely extend their stay in hospital.

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'It's so important that we can get this equipment.

'We observe patients as much as possible but there's always that chance that a patient wants to get up to go to the toilet.

'It will also help patients' confidence if they know they are monitored for falls prevention.

'The ExCel Appeal will hopefully help us get this equipment quickly.'

We are keen for you to get in touch with us if you would like to help raise funds.

Sponsorship and donation forms are available at www.qehkl.nhs.uk/fundraising.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/qehkl-excelappeal or pay by cheque to 'Excel Appeal' and send to Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive, QEH, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET.

Are you fundraising? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk