Long Jetty Healthcare Centre has received a donation of almost $22,500 for a new bariatric bed, thanks to the generosity of The Lions Club of Chittaway Bay.
The donation was also supported by The Entrance, Killarney/Bateau and Wyong Lions Clubs, as well as the Australian Lions Foundation.
Nurse Unit Manager of the Long Jetty Transitional and Subacute Units, Jenny Lane said the new bariatric bed will be greatly appreciated by both patients and staff.
“This bed can be used as a normal bed or expanded to accommodate larger patients,” Ms Lane said.
“It is fully electronic and height adjustable to make it easier for the patient to get in and out of bed.
“The bed also changes into a seated chair position, and allows the patient to be weighed while in bed, reducing the need for the patient to be moved unnecessarily. This is beneficial for both the patient and staff.”
Another useful feature of the bed is its ability to alert staff if a patient attempts to get out of bed unassisted, which is a helpful addition to prevent patient falls.
“We are very grateful to the Lions Club of Chittaway Bay for initiating this donation, and also to the other Clubs and the Australian Lions Foundation for contributing to this very generous donation. Thank you for the effort and hard work you put into your fundraising,” Ms Lane said.
“The Lions Club of Chittaway Bay have a long history of supporting Central Coast Local Health District and we appreciate all they do for us.”
Members of the Lions Club of Chittaway Bay, along with representatives from the other Lions Clubs and the Foundation visited Long Jetty Healthcare Centre recently to see the new bariatric bed and to chat with staff about how it would benefit patients.
“It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see how the new bed will help patients and staff,” Chittaway Bay Lions President Kim Sindel said.
“Thank you to everyone who assisted in our fundraising efforts.
“I would also like to thank Australian Lions Foundation and the other Lions Clubs for their contribution.”