Arm­chair aid for hos­pi­tal ward

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A BUILD­ING So­ci­ety has handed pa­tients in Mac­cles­field a boost after donat­ing money to buy new equip­ment for its hos­pi­tal.

A gift of £500 from Leek United Build­ing So­ci­ety means that Mac­cles­field Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal can pur­chase a spe­cial­ist re­clin­ing arm­chair for use on Ward 4.

The ward cares mostly for peo­ple with res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems and the chair will help them to re­lax more eas­ily when not in their hos­pi­tal beds.

Kate John­son, the ward’s se­nior sis­ter, said: “We have a lot of acutely un­well pa­tients on Ward 4 who pre­dom­i­nantly have res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses.

“This can be very de­bil­i­tat­ing, but it is im­por­tant for pa­tients to be able to sit out of bed com­fort­ably to aid their breath­ing.

“Hav­ing re­clin­ing arm­chairs en­ables pa­tients to sit in com­fort and if they be­come tired they can rest in the chair if they do not wish to re­turn to bed.

“Both the pa­tients and staff are very grate­ful for equip­ment which im­proves pa­tient com­fort and we re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate Leek United’s very gen­er­ous do­na­tion.”

Ben Gron­neberg, Leek United’s head of sales, vis­ited the hos­pi­tal with Mac­cles­field branch man­ager Adam Shel­don to hand over the So­ci­ety’s £500 cheque to Lynn McGill, East Cheshire NHS Trust chair­man.

Ben said: “We strongly be­lieve that the money many or­gan­i­sa­tions spend in send­ing out cor­po­rate greet­ings and gifts each year is of far greater use in the com­mu­nity.

“The hos­pi­tal serves the same com­mu­nity as our Mac­cles­field branch staff – and many pa­tients from North Stafford­shire, too – and we are de­lighted to be able to make a do­na­tion that is go­ing to have a di­rect ben­e­fit for the hos­pi­tal’s pa­tients.”

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