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Generous donations help buy new chairs for patients


County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity, has used generous donations from grateful patients and their families, to help replace over 700 bedside armchairs, and other chairs, in its hospitals.

Bedside chairs are particularly well used as patients are encouraged to be up and out of bed during the day, which evidence suggests is much better for them and promotes mobility and recovery.  The new chairs benefit from having the latest back support and pressure reducing cushions and are also very easy to keep clean.    Some of the chairs also have drop down arms so that patients can be easily transferred to and from their bed.

Executive director of nursing, Noel Scanlon, said, "Generous donations to our charity mean we have been able to buy very high quality chairs. We ordered a range of chairs so that wards could have those most appropriate for their patients. The bedside chairs, for example, come in various heights so most wards ordered a selection.  Our blood transfusion and chemotherapy units chose to also have some recliners so their patients can relax during treatment while the children's wards naturally opted for much smaller, stacking chairs."

Non-executive director, and Chair of the Trust's charity committee, Jenny Flynn, adds, "While many of the donations made by patients are for a particular ward or department, others are for more general use.  We worked with each ward to provide funding for the chairs they needed, not just replace the previous standard chairs.  The investment of almost £250K will bring huge benefits to our patients both now and into the future. We're enormously grateful to those patients and their families who show their thanks for the care they've received by making a donation to the Trust's charity which has enabled us to build up the funds to buy the chairs."

One of the first patients to use one of the new chairs was Mr Donald Stelling, who was admitted with a broken arm, requiring surgery.  Mr Stelling, 82, explained, "I was leaning on a gate at our family farm in Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, when a cow unfortunately knocked it, causing my injury.  The nurses and doctors are looking after me very well and I'm quite happy and comfortable sitting in this lovely new chair while the tests and assessments are done so I can have surgery."

If you would like to make a donation to support the work of our charity please call our charity team on 01325 743781to discuss.

Published 8 December 2017

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital