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HydroliftChairSevenAcresUsers of St Mary’s Hospital’s Sevenacres site for patients with mental health problems now have two very different reasons to be grateful to the Friends, the charity dedicated to providing extra comfort and facilities to the Island’s NHS.

Grants totalling nearly £7,000 have resulted in the purchase of a much needed hydrotilt chair and the establishment of a sensory garden.

The chair is in Afton Ward where Charge Nurse David Stratton explained it is used for frail patients, ensuring they are more comfortable when out of bed and helping them avoid pressure sores. It replaced a similar chair which had become so worn that it failed an infection control order.

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“The new more modern chair is used all the time and is a fantastic piece of equipment,” he said.

The sensory garden has been created in a previously rather austere secure compound adjoining Seagrove Ward, and is seen as being of therapeutic benefit for patients with mental health problems. As well as an abundance of plants in a central area the grant paid for around 20 assorted climbers along the boundaries, new grassed areas and a chunky wooden seat.

Later, thanks to a grant from a Freshwater-based charity, Seahorses, the hospital’s Director of Healing Arts, Guy Eades, will oversee the affixing of four specially made mosaics to the walls.

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