58 new beds boost Manning Hospital

Easy does it: Patient Darelle Lovenfosse is made comfortable by nurses Tania Griffiths and Anna Styles using one of the new electric beds at Manning Hospital.

Easy does it: Patient Darelle Lovenfosse is made comfortable by nurses Tania Griffiths and Anna Styles using one of the new electric beds at Manning Hospital.

MANNING Hospital has been boosted with 58 new electric beds as part of the State government's replacement program.

Varying in price, the new beds are modern, functional and practical, already having received the thumbs up from patients.

"We've been fortunate to have electric beds in the hospital, however the ones we did have were about 15 years old," explained new director of nursing and midwifery, Jodie Nieass.

"These new ones are modern, easier for patients to control and they tilt at both the foot and head of the bed."

Jodie said it showed the government's commitment to updating regional hospitals and said they were grateful for the new additions.

Wingham and Gloucester hospitals are also recipients of the new beds, with Wingham even receiving one bariatric bed worth more than $16,000.

In total the beds are worth $470,000 across the three local hospitals.

"I applaud the District for its strong focus on improving the experience of patients receiving care in its hospitals as well as the safety of its staff.

"Under this government, local decision making is encouraged, not stifled and I'm pleased to see this benefitting patients and staff," said health minister Jillian Skinner.

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