Friends of St Cross donate ‘vital’ hover mattress to help patients

The Rugby Integrated Health Care team try out the new hover mattress. Photo by Jordan Lott.
The Rugby Integrated Health Care team try out the new hover mattress. Photo by Jordan Lott.

A hospital charity has donated a hover mattress to help transfer patients to different beds.

The Friends of St Cross provided the kit to the Orchard Centre to reduce patient discomfort when being moved from their bed to a hospital bed in their own home.

Sandra Milbourne, Rugby locality manager for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust would like to thank the Friends of St Cross for generously donating a hover mattress to our community nursing team in Rugby.

“This vital piece of equipment enables nurses to transfer patients from their own bed on to an appropriate hospital bed, installed in their home, with minimal disruption. Without a hover mattress, the transfer can sometimes cause discomfort to patients, so this is an extremely valuable asset to the team.

“I would like to say on behalf of the Trust how grateful we are to the Friends of St Cross.”

Meanwhile, the fundraising drive for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal continues with a collection at Sainsbury’s and a Coffee and Crafts event held at Paddox Methodist Church, which raised more than £600.

The appeal will fund improvements to the blood taking unit at St Cross. Willy Goldschmidt, vice chairman of the Friends, said work begins this month and the project should be completed by the end of October.