New Equipment for First Responders to help falls patients

Tim Thirst and Trustees of the North Walsham Community Shop
Tim Thirst and Trustees of the North Walsham Community Shop

This week, visitors to the Community Contact Drop-In Point at the Parish Church of St. Nicholas in North Walsham, North Norfolk were able to see a demonstration of the latest equipment to be used by EEAST first responders.

We have been working on an innovative approach to develop the scope of our first responders to attend non-injury falls, to enable reduced waiting times for patients who have fallen.

The initial trial in September was a success and as such an expansion of responding groups will go live on Monday 2 December.

The Stalham group of first responders has been attending special falls training in the last few weeks.

At the Drop-In Point, coordinator of the group Tim Thirst, demonstrated the Raizer II Lifting Chair. This device can be assembled by a single first responder, around a patient who has had a fall, and slowly and safely lift them to a sitting and standing position.

Also present were Trustees of the North Walsham Community Shop, who presented Tim with a cheque for £1000 towards the purchase of more Raizer Lifting Chairs for the group.

In the first two weeks of their fundraising, the Stalham Responder group has also received a further £4000 towards the project from the Victory Housing Trust and the St. Benet Lodge of Norfolk Freemasons.

Published 4 December 2019

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