£1m investment in new hospital beds

3 March 2021

Nearly 500 new beds have been delivered to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) as part of a rolling programme to replace equipment used across the hospital.

Professor Nancy Fontaine, Chief Nurse at NNUH, said: We’ve just taken delivery of 500 high-tech new beds – part of a £1 million investment that will see all beds, mattresses, trolleys, cots, chairs and wheelchairs replaced over the next few years.

“This is a massive quality improvement initiative for both patients and staff. From a health and safety perspective, our new beds will provide even better ergonomics to protect and support staff in moving and transferring patients.

“It’s the first bed replacement programme in 20 years and will not only make our patients more comfortable, but safer too, as we’ll have 150 low-rise beds to help protect medium and high risk patients from falls.

“The beds are fully adjustable, smooth to manoeuvre and easy to clean – they will make a huge difference and I’m very excited that we’re able to enhance our quality of care in this way.”

The equipment will be maintained by specialist service provider Medstrom whose Commercial Director Rachel Appsey said: “Patient and staff safety are priorities and our beds are fully adjustable, with smooth manoeuvring and easily cleaned to support the hospital’s infection control measures.

“We have UK manufacturing which enables us to provide a great service in terms of repairs and spare parts and we have set up a dedicated Norwich-based support centre.”

The bed replacement scheme is in addition to 159 new beds introduced over the last nine months that have been put to use in the new ward block and other areas of the hospital.