Specialist Patient Handling Equipment

Co-ordinated supply ensures successful opening of children’s respite centre.

Executive Summary

When a Local Authority in the North West was planning a new children’s respite facility and were concerned to get the detail right. With a wide range of equipment needs, the job of coordinating the different suppliers and specifications was becoming time consuming and inefficient, and by using the service of Multicare hey were able to save valuable time and resource.

About our client

Our client, a pro-active Local Authority in the North West, was upgrading its children’s respite centre from an old outdated building that no longer met the user’s needs to a new vibrant facility on the outskirts of town. With a constantly changing user base, and a variety of needs close liaison with the manager of the unit was essential. However due to the variety of equipment needs they turned to Multicare to provide a ‘One Stop Shop’ service, to enable the specifier to focus on other issues.

“As a Constructionline and CHAS accredited contractor Multicare had the necessary expertise to work with the Main Contractor to ensure that both installation and delivery only equipment was installed safely and on time.”

Challenges

As children with very complex cases could attend the respite centre, the care staff had very clear ideas about the equipment they required. Multicare worked with the client to look at new equipment that had been developed since commissioning their existing building, and identified equipment that would fulfill the demanding specification, yet still be compatible with budgets and other design constraints.

The Solution

Multicare developed ceiling hoist designs that covered the bathroom, bedrooms, hygiene rooms and sensory room. The tracks were designed to provide maximum flexibility and coverage to as many areas as possible.

In the bathroom a high low bath was specified. To enhance the quality of life for the children, lights, air spa and even bath speakers were specified!

Additional items supplied included

  • Shower trolleys
  • Mobile hoist
  • Specialist Seating
  • Bed and mattresses
  • Wash dry WC

Multicare worked with the Main Contractor to supply the relevent equipment at the correct time in the construction process.

“By combining the entire supply of specialist equipment into one contract, the workload on the builder was vastly reduced and the number of contracts decreased, making for a smoother and easier installation and handover”