How generosity is making a difference at hospital

Healthcare assistant Michael Sheppard tries out the standing aid watched by other Emergency Assessment Unit staff and League of Friends Chairman Maureen Young, first left, and members Jill Wilson, second from left, and  Ann Thompson, first right
Healthcare assistant Michael Sheppard tries out the standing aid watched by other Emergency Assessment Unit staff and League of Friends Chairman Maureen Young, first left, and members Jill Wilson, second from left, and Ann Thompson, first right

New equipment bought through the generosity of the League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospitals is proving a hit with patients and staff at South Tyneside District Hospital.

The standing aid, which cost almost £1,200, helps staff in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) to easily and safely transfer patients.

EAU Manager Laura Ord said: “We are extremely grateful to the League of Friends for their generous donation. The device is of huge benefit to staff and, especially, to patients, and is much appreciated.

“It ensures that we can mobilise patients safely whilst maintaining their dignity and we have had fantastic feedback regarding how easy it is to use and how safe patients feel whilst using it.”