New beds make all dif­fer­ence to pa­tients

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A FI­NAL push is be­ing made to round off the bed ap­peal by East Cheshire Hospice.

An­other £15,000 is needed so that a to­tal of 17 new beds can be bought – 15 for in­pa­tient wards and two as out­pa­tient treat­ment beds.

The ap­peal, which has been sup­ported by the Mac­cles­field Ex­press, has al­ready raised £140,000 since it was launched last sum­mer.

He­len Knight, clin­i­cal and op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, said: “We’ve al­ready taken de­liv­ery of the first of the new beds and they make such a big dif­fer­ence for pa­tients.

“It’s im­por­tant for them to be com­fort­able so they can make the most of their time with their loved ones. Each bed costs £9,135 and peo­ple have been amaz­ing with their gen­eros­ity and it’d be mar­vel­lous if we can reach our tar­get of £155,295 soon.”

The hospice does not re­ceive any help from the NHS for equip­ment and say the upgrade is crit­i­cal with beds now more than 10 years old fac­ing costly re­pairs due to more me­chan­i­cal faults.

Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy mean the new beds give users far more con­trol and com­fort.

To make a do­na­tion go to eastcheshire­hos­pice. org.uk/Bedap­peal

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