Patient Handling and equipment

We are Northern Ireland’s leading supplier of moving and patient handling equipment and have a comprehensive range of products designed to safely move patients and disabled persons without causing injury to the carer.

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Moving and handling equipment consists of mechanical lifting devices or simple aids designed to support the movement of the client.

Mechanical lifting devices include both active and passive patient systems.

– Passive patient hoists are designed to lift the disabled person using specialist slings avoiding the need for manual lifting.

– Passive systems are appropriate for clients who cannot weight bear and therefore cannot be helped to stand.

– Hoists can be either mobile or static systems which are installed into the walls or ceiling of the building.

– Mobile hoists are generally used for short term solutions are when a fixed installation is not appropriate or cost effective.

– Active standing hoists are designed to support the user when they sit to stand.  These are mobile systems and help the user up with the aid of a standing sling. The user has to have relatively good lower body strength to use a standing hoist as they must be able to weight bear to an extent.

When it comes to the safe movement of patients in and around the bedroom, there are a wide range of devices to assist the carer.   These include;

-Sliding sheets and products with a slippy surface to reduce friction when moving and therefore reduce strain on the carer and shear pressures on the client.

– Lateral transfers can be achieved using a rolling board such as the Samarit Rollboard or a rigid board such as the Samarit Transglide combined with a simple sliding sheet.

– For heavier patients  an inflatable system is recommended such as Hovermatt, Airpal or Airslide.

  • Rosemary Neville
    " I purchase patient handling equipment for a group of Care Homes and the service from John Preston is brilliant. We always get good advice and instruction on using new equipment and they are only a phone call away. "

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