NHS patients who have been discharged from hospital to then undergo ‘half-way house’ rehabilitation can now use electric recline and rise chairs to enable them to sit and stand with ease, thanks to the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital.

The Friends has purchased 3 such recliners, 1 each for The Gouldings in Freshwater, Adelaide Place in Ryde and Hazel Lodge in Havenstreet.

Described in the application from the Community Rehab Service to be ‘immensely valuable in improving patient comfort, symptom control and mobility’, the recliners formed part of a successful £3,079 bid; this also included diagnosis awareness material, a guide book to help friends/relatives to communicate with stroke victims and garden furniture at The Gouldings to improve patient well-being and experience.

At Hazel Lodge, 1 of the patients making use of the recliner is 82-year-old Phyllis Trimmer, who said:

“It took a bit of getting used to, but I now find it easy to get up. I shall soon be going back to my Bembridge home.”

Head of Care, Sandi Gibbs said:

“Since our recliner was delivered a number of the NHS patients have made use of it, and a few of them said they would like something similar at their home”.


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