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Hospital inpatients can now sit by the bedside in chairs that offer better comfort with adjustable legs to suit people of all heights.

200 new chairs have been purchased by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and distributed to wards at St Mary’s Hospital, replacing chairs that are no longer fit for purpose or have become damaged over time.

The new bedside chairs offer pressure relieving qualities which are essential for people who sit in a bedside chair for longer periods of time.

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The new chairs support the hospital’s end PJ Paralysis initiative which raises awareness of the impact of patients staying in pyjamas or hospital gowns for longer than they need to and the benefits of getting dressed and being more active.

Patients that stay in bed in their pyjamas or gowns can have a higher risk of infection, loss of mobility, fitness and strength which results in them staying in hospital longer. Many patients lose the ability to carry out routine daily functions like bathing, dressing, getting out of bed and walking, due to unnecessary bed rest. 10 days of bed-rest in hospital is the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing for elderly patients.

Sarah Vernon, a patient at St Mary’s said:

“The new red chairs are much better than the old blue ones, they feel noticeably different as soon as you sit on them and they are a lot softer. It’s important that we are comfortable when having to sit out of bed all day.”

The redundant bedside chairs are being donated to MAD-aid (Making a Difference, Medical Aid Delivered) charity http://www.mad-aid.org.uk/ who help children and adults with special needs have access to the same opportunities as everyone else to fulfil their life’s ambitions.

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