Helping hand for patients thanks to Friends of St Cross

Staff nurse Ashleigh King and Oak Ward manager Clare Noden. Photo by Bob Mercer

Staff nurse Ashleigh King and Oak Ward manager Clare Noden. Photo by Bob Mercer

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Patients at the Hospital of St Cross have been given a helping hand when standing up and sitting down thanks to a group of fundraising volunteers.

The Friends of St Cross have donated two new patient supports for use in Oak Ward. The supports are designed to make the process of standing and sitting as easy as possible for both the person and the carer.

They are especially useful during rehabilitation as they use the natural movements in sitting and standing for people who still have the ability to stand but need to increase their strength.

Oak Ward manager Clare Noden said: “When patients are well enough to return home, and have appropriate care and support in place, they may need aids to help them transfer from sitting to standing or vice versa.

“These aids are the ones which the Warwickshire County Council’s Equipment Service issues to patients and their carers to use at homes in Warwickshire.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Friends we now have two devices which we can keep on the wards and use to help patients and their carers become familiar with the aids before going home.”

The Friends are also raising £60,000 for a new blood-taking unit at the hospital. The appeal, launched to mark the group’s 60th anniversary, is backed by the Advertiser and has raised more than £40,000 so far. Visit www.fsx.org.uk.