Martek’s New Patient Carer Beds for Healthcare Applications

Interior solutions specialist Martek has developed a range of hygienic patient carer beds, designed for hospital and healthcare applications.

Research has shown that family presence during health care procedures can significantly decrease patient anxiety. Fold down patient carer beds enhance the family-friendly environment of a hospital, providing the patient’s carer with an overnight place to stay in a more comfortable atmosphere. Beds can then be folded away during the day to make more space around the patient’s bed.

Whilst carrying out works for Laing O’Rourke on the new £230 million, 512-bed, 100% single room Pembury PFI Hospital, Martek were approached by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust to develop a standalone fold-down carer bed system for each of the 27 locations in the Paediatric units.

The first patient carer beds Martek designed were for the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. Here, Martek underwent an intensive design process to create the bespoke solution, which consists of a double-sided partition system that encloses all patient and clinical services including technical monitoring equipment, AVI PatientLine and a drop down dependant’s bed.

Kirsty Carnell, Marketing Manager for Martek, said: “Studies show that the presence of a family member can significantly improve patient care and help speed up patient recovery, thus reducing length of stay and allowing hospitals to manage their beds more efficiently.

“Our new patient carer beds create an ideal solution for hospitals that need to provide carer and patient respite facilities in the same room. The beds not only allow family members to stay with the patient, thus decreasing patient anxiety, but they also provide useful storage space for medical equipment. The fold-down feature is also ideal for freeing up space when the bed is not needed.”

For more information on the full range of products and services available from Martek, please contact Kirsty Carnell on 01689 808 600 or visit www.martek.co.uk.

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