Christmas comes early in the South East
15 December 2017
Hospitals across the South East have received 71 electric beds from the Repatriation General Hospital in a major equipment boost for the region.
Country Health SA Regional Director South East, Jayne Downs, said the beds would replace ageing, manual beds, and some outdated electric models.
“This is a fantastic result and an early Christmas present for our hospitals,” Ms Downs said.
“These 71 electric beds will provide increased patient comfort and also make it easier for staff to raise and lower patients.”
Millicent and District Hospital and Health Service received 35 beds, Penola War Memorial Hospital received 15, Naracoorte Health Service received 12, and Bordertown Memorial Hospital received seven.
Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service received two bariatric beds which will better meet patients’ needs. Mount Gambier only requested bariatric beds because the health service received a number of brand new beds as part of the hospital’s major redevelopment in 2013-14.
Ms Downs said the bulk of the beds would go to aged care and acute care units.
“Following the closure of the Repat, we put in requests for beds and various equipment and we are thrilled the South East has been allocated so many beds,” Ms Downs said.
“We’re also excited to receive a number of shelving units which will provide great storage solutions at our hospitals across the South East.”
Millicent Hospital will also be given a theatre instrument washer which is only a couple of years old and will replace an older, smaller washer.
“The 71 beds from the South East will be sent to Adelaide to be assessed, and will either redeployed elsewhere or sent overseas to third world countries,” Ms Downs said.