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Southport Hospital

25 June 2013 13:48

Airwave install Ceiling mounted fully adjustable arms with 19” TV at Southport Hospital Spinal Injuries Unit

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Spinal Injuries patients have very particular requirements and needs, so when the unit at Southport & Formby District General Hospital were refurbishing one bay on the ward (HDU) they looked at different TV mounting solutions, what would be the best option for their patients?

They decided that a ceiling gas assisted arm, mounted directly over the bed, would be the most beneficial bracket. Its full range of movement and screen positioning allows a patient to view the screen even from a lying flat position. The TV can be held horizontally if required.

When not in use the TV and arm can be pushed right up to the ceiling, optional handles provide an easy grip for patients or staff to manoeuvre the TV into the optimum viewing position to suit each individuals patients needs.

The high dependency unit (HDU) bay of 4 beds was the first to be refurbished and Airwave provided the arms along with 19” Philips professional LCD TV’s with Freeview. We recommended the Philips sets because they have 4 different remote control settings which avoids cross ‘zapping’ in ward and bay configurations.

Another important consideration for this Trust was infection control regarding the TV remote. To overcome this, Airwave were able to offer the ‘single patient use’ disposable, Smoovie remote control . This device can be used for pay TV too if required but in this case it has been taken purely for infection control reasons as TV is offered Free to patients by the Trust. Smoovie remotes are only compatible with selected Philips Pro+ TV’s.

The electrical contractors wired power and aerial coax to sockets fitted within the ceiling void close to the fixing points of the arms and all the cables were threaded through the arms before being plugged into the corresponding TV sockets providing a safe and tidy solution.

Patients now enjoy a full range of freeview TV and Radio channels. Personal headphones are plugged directly into the TV and the patients also can plug in DVD players and games consoles etc . Most patients use their laptop computers and prefer to link them to the TV, using the screen as a monitor as the viewing position is much better for them.

Staff and patients alike are delighted with the new patient TV’s and arms. There are plans to refurbish the rest of the Spinal Injuries ward in phases, they are looking forward to all their patients receiving the same facility in the near future.

Airwave offer a wide range of screen sizes and models from leading manufacturers such as Philips, LG, Samsung and Sharp with some offering 19” and 22” in white finish. Our range of arms and brackets are available in different colours such as black, white, grey or chrome allowing hospitals to select the best combination for their surroundings.

The ward sister at Southport SIU and is happy to be contacted as a reference site, this can be arranged through Lindsay Davies of Airwave Europe Ltd, 07879 690091 or Lindsay@airwave.tv