Torbay Hospital League of Friends’ donation means comfortable journey for more patients

Roy Tuttle, chairman of Torbay Hospital League of Friends, and Patricia Roberts with Louis Nicholls with the stair climber

Roy Tuttle, chairman of Torbay Hospital League of Friends (THLOF), Patricia Roberts, president of THLOF, and Philip White, THLOF secretary, with Louis Nicholls, patient transport officer, demonstrating the new stair climber - Credit: Submitted

Torbay Hospital League of Friends have paid for two stair climbers, which will help people with limited mobility travel using patient transport.

The two bariatric devices will be used by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust’s patient transport services to ensure people are safely helped up and down stairs and into vehicles.

The stair climbers are specifically designed to help people with limited mobility.

These will result in a more comfortable and easier journey for people who need help getting to and from hospital and healthcare sites for appointments and treatment.

Torbay Hospital League of Friends had previously supported patient transport services by funding 11 stair climbers which are already benefitting patients in all of the team’s double-crewed ambulances.

Louis Nicholls, patient transport officer at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The new stair climbers will not only help our team to support people with limited mobility but, more importantly, will allow us to be to offer a higher level of service for people across Torbay and South Devon which means the world to me.

“We thank the kindness and generosity of the League of Friends and the massive support they have given us.

Most Read

“This type of equipment helps our organisation continue to provide quality care to the people of Torbay and South Devon, so a big thank you to everyone who has kindly supported the League of Friends to help bring this and other initiatives to fruition.”

Roy Tuttle, chairman of the Torbay Hospital League of Friends, said: “We can all imagine how difficult it would be to transport a sick or injured person to and from hospital when several flights of stairs are involved.

"We were delighted to be able to help patient transport services to acquire two fantastic bariatric stair climbers which we know will make the patients journey less stressful and, at the same time, make the job of everyone in patient transport a little bit easier.”