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New respite equipment for Hillcrest

26 December 2016

Emelin Collier and Gordon Jamieson of NHS Western Isles with Valerie Russell, Action for Children Eilean Siar.


New equipment has been purchased by NHS Western Isles to improve facilities for children and young people receiving care in the Action for Children’s respite accommodation at Hillcrest in Stornoway.


An automatic adjustable specialist bed and a modern lightweight hoist replaces older equipment and will enable staff to care more effectively for children and young people with complex health needs.


The adjustable nature of the bed will also ensure a more comfortable respite stay.


Action for Children/Hillcrest, as well as providing the respite care service is also a residential home for looked after children and young people aged under 18, who for various reasons need to be accommodated outwith their own home. A range of other services are provided to ensure maximum support for the facility’s young residents.


Valerie Russell, Action for Children Eilean Siar’s Children’s Service Manager, said “The bed is very high tech and comfortable but also looks quite homely. Staff are also extremely happy with the hoist which compared to the last one is like a Mercedes compared to our old Lada.


“We would like to thank those NHS Western Isles staff who helped provide useful advice in the selection and purchasing of the equipment, as well as erecting the bed."

Emelin Collier, NHS Western Isles’ development chief,, said: “Despite the fact that this is very high tech equipment, it does not look at all ‘institutional.’


“In fact, with personalised bedding for each child or young person using the bed, the room looks very homely and welcoming. We are delighted to be able to support this very valuable and essential local service in this way."