Health minister Jillian Skinner was at Westmead Hospital today to see 60 new state-of-the-art electric beds.
The beds, which were purchased with $260,000 from the state government as part of an ongoing bed replacement program at Westmead Hospital, will be installed in high dependency and aged care wards.
Mrs Skinner was accompanied by Parramatta MP Geoff Lee, Granville MP Tony Issa and Liberal candidate for Seven Hills Mark Taylor.
“I am very pleased these electric beds will benefit not only patients but our hard working nurses,” Mrs Skinner said.
“Patients will have greater independence in raising and lowering the beds, which is particularly important to older patients.
“The ability to easily lower the bed will reduce the risk of falls, while the high-quality mattresses will improve the comfort of immobile patients and allow staff to provide better skin health regimes, reducing the incidence of pressure injuries.
“The new beds have greater capacity to accommodate bariatric patients - with a safe working load of up to 250kg - and significantly reduce manual-handling risks to staff,” Mrs Skinner said.
Many of Westmead’s beds have been in use for 35 years and no longer provide the optimum experience for patients or staff.
Mr Lee said the bed replacement program at Westmead Hospital was "another example of the ways in which the NSW government is putting patients first".
In June, the state government committed $5 million to commence a major redevelopment of Westmead Hospital.