24 July 2012
New wheelchairs to benefit patients
Hundreds of new and improved wheelchairs are being rolled out
across Nottingham's hospitals in response to visitor and patient
In addition to increasing accessibility at Nottingham University
Hospitals NHS Trust, the chairs are more comfortable and easier to
The chairs feature drip hooks and a large back pocket to carry
patient notes improving their practicality.
The Trust is also making £1 coin-operated wheelchairs available
at main hospital entrances. The system, similar to that used for
supermarket trolleys, will encourage people to return chairs to get
their money back.
All the chairs feature prominent metal lollipops with the
NUH/NHS logo integrated into the design to discourage the new
chairs being wheeled into private cars and ambulances.
The chairs have also been marked with SmartWater and carry a
unique serial number to dissuade theft and enable people to return
any chairs if found discarded.
Costing £30,000, the new chairs and associated improvements are
being led by NUH's Wheelchair Strategy Group.
Clive Young, Head of Logistics at NUH, said: "We are fully
committed to improving patient experience when visiting our
hospitals. Customer feedback from those who have used the new
wheelchairs has been very positive.
"We have been working with local companies to design wheelchairs
that are excellent quality, low maintenance, cost-effective and
"I believe we have achieved this because every moving part of
our chair can be replaced quickly and effectively by a local
company within 24 hours, hence reducing our carbon footprint.
"We have a three-year customer care package with our supplier
which will increase the shelf-life of the chair considerably."