WELCOME ADDITION: Gympie Hospital nurse Deanne Williams (left) and Wishlist’s Jessie Neumann are happy to see the installation of three new Versa Care beds in Gympie Hospital’s Extended Services Unit.
WELCOME ADDITION: Gympie Hospital nurse Deanne Williams (left) and Wishlist’s Jessie Neumann are happy to see the installation of three new Versa Care beds in Gympie Hospital’s Extended Services Unit. Patrick Woods

New beds a wish come true for nurses, patients

BEING bed-bound while recovering in hospital can be an uncomfortable and frustrating experience, but three new beds are making the world of difference at Gympie Hospital.

The Hill-tom Versa Care beds were purchased with money raised at Gympie's Wishlist Coffee House and a $35,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and are now providing a safe and homey stay for patients in the Extended Services Unit.

The beds, which cost $13,000 each, make maneuverability easier for nurses and provide a high management of patient care.

When one bed purchased in early 2014 resulted in a significant improvement in patients, it was decided more were needed.

Gympie Hospital Acting Nurse Unit manager Deanne Williams said the beds had a patient safety alarm for wandering patients, allowed nurses to weigh patients in the beds and decreased the manual handling for nurses.

Ms Williams said the beds would be used for acute stroke, rehabilitation and palliative patients and could be utilised across the hospital for any patients that require them.

"Being able to tilt the bed a number of ways helps ease the pressure on the patient's bodies that occurs when using a standard bed," she said.

"This makes a significant difference to the comfort and safety of patients."

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said providing extra comfort for elderly patients or those compromised in their physical abilities was just another way of committing to improving local public health services.

"With an increased number of beds, patients will be able to be allocated an appropriate style of bed on admission according to their needs," Ms Rowe said.

Gympie Times


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