Bathing suppliers join forces to deliver Burton University Hospital’s first Changing Places facility
Kingkraft and Ropox, both specialists in providing baths, showering, toileting and changing products for people with disabilities, have combined in a joint project to create Burton Hospital’s first Changing Places facility, funded by charitable donations.
Part of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust, Burton Hospital’s Changing Places project was managed by Trevor Hickling, Estate Project Support Officer, working alongside Community & Corporate Partnerships Manager Chris Maddox.
“As with every hospital, space is at a premium here at Burton so our initial task was to identify a suitable location,” explained Trevor.
“Once we had achieved this, we carried out some research and after visiting the Changing Concepts website we invited Peter Davies from Ropox and Neal Dadswell from KingKraft to the hospital to discuss what options were available and which equipment would best suit the needs of our patients and visitors while also ensuring we got the best value for money.
“As the project was being funded by charitable donations, including a substantial legacy, we were determined to make this an outstanding facility for everyone who used it.”
The equipment combination for the facility consisted of a shower and changing bed, slimline mounting with support basin and a toilet lifter with support arms from Ropox, complemented by a Guldmann tracked ceiling hoist.
The installation was project managed by Kingkraft.
“We wanted the room to feel welcoming to all and not clinical, hence the use of colours and space,” commented Chris Maddox.
“Although it is situated within the hospital grounds, the facility is open to anyone and to help make people aware of its existence it is listed on the Changing Places website. The room is also accessible via the Radar key system so visitors do not have to worry about finding reception and asking for a key.”
The Ropox height adjustable Slimline basin has a height adjustment of 70cm to 100cm, which can be altered at the touch of a button. By combining a mirror and basin in one unit, the mirror remains at the right height for the user, regardless of what height the basin is being used at.
Additionally, Ropox’s toilet lifter lowers and lifts the user to the best seated or standing position, enabling them to use the toilet with dignity and as much independence as possible, whilst the company’s height adjustable shower changing bed can be folded up when not in use to save space and set to an ideal level for the user and carer via an electric adjustment control.
With a maximum user weight of 220kg and a height adjustment from 300mm to 1000mm, the changing bed is suitable for most users says the company.
According to Kingkraft, the hospital was also wanted to include a hoist which could be continually charged wherever it is on the track, not just from a charging point, with the Guldmann GH3 room covering ceiling hoist system meeting the criteria.
In March, local service users were invited to see the new facility and impressed with the reaction, Chris commented: “The feedback we received was fantastic with many people commenting on how easy all the equipment is to use and how much room there was for wheelchair users and their carer or family member who may be assisting them.”https://thiis.co.uk/bathing-suppliers-join-forces-to-deliver-burton-university-hospitals-first-changing-places-facility/https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Burton-Hospital.jpg?fit=850%2C584&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Burton-Hospital.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NewsroomSupplier NewsBurton University Hospital,changing places,Derby and Burton NHS Trust,Kingkraft,RopoxKingkraft and Ropox, both specialists in providing baths, showering, toileting and changing products for people with disabilities, have combined in a joint project to create Burton Hospital’s first Changing Places facility, funded by charitable donations.Part of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust, Burton Hospital’s Changing Places...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine