Mayor's support helps patients sleep soundly
A FORMER Lord Mayor has handed over £36,000 to boost hospital care in Swansea.
Long-serving councillor Ioan Richard chose to use his year in office to raise money for Morriston and Singleton hospitals.
The money has now been used to buy four high and low beds, two for Morriston Hospital and two for Singleton Hospital.
These beds can be significantly lowered to ground level, and help reduce the number of patients who fall from beds. Mr Richard, who represents the Mawr ward, said: "I'm really pleased to be here today and to see the beds in action — it's amazing that they can go to ground level.
"The staff have said that the beds make a big difference to the prevention of patient falls. It's great to have raised the money and a thank you to everyone who support the events."
Lead Nurse Elizabeth Williams said the new beds would be a great help to patients and staff.
She said: "These beds are great, previously we hired in this equipment, which was expensive and time consuming for staff to arrange.
"Having the beds readily available on site will be fantastic and benefit both patients and staff.
"These beds cost £6,000 each and with the rest of the money we will be purchasing bariatric commodes for the hospitals.
"The support from the Lord Mayor of Swansea via his charity is greatly appreciated.
"On behalf of all the nursing staff and patients who will benefit from this equipment, thank you for all your hard work."