South Eastern HSC Trust To Receive 891 New Beds

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust is pleased to be partnering with Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare after a competitive procurement process to supply and maintain a new range of beds and mattresses in the Ulster Hospital, Ards GP Ward, Lagan Valley Hospital and the Downe Hospital.

The South Eastern HSC Trust will be receiving 756 new specialised beds in an initiative with Drive DeVilbiss.

Drive DeVilbiss will supply 891 Innov8 iQ beds which have been designed around optimising tissue viability, infection control and health and safety in terms of manual handling and falls prevention, and features ‘iQ Contouring’, where the backrest and kneebreak operate in harmony to reduce shear and friction, playing an important part in the prevention of pressure ulcers.

Alongside the iQ beds, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare will be supplying and maintaining almost 700 support surfaces, primarily the Hybrid-Air mattress, the Artemis dynamic therapy system and the Eclipse dynamic overlay mattress. The Hybrid-Air is a non-powered mattress, using a clever combination of foam and air cells which operate on the principle of air displacement.

The  Artemis  is a fully automatic dynamic mattress with a range of high end functions to support acute care needs.  In addition, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare will supply and maintain a number of Innov8 Low beds with mattress platforms descending to an exceptionally low level optimising falls prevention.

Welcoming the addition of these new beds into the hospital, Seamus McGoran, Director of Hospital Services said: “Our patients and our staff are very impressed with the new beds and I am delighted with our suppliers, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare who worked very closely with Trust staff to ensure a seamless transition.”

Brendan Devlin, General Manager Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be supplying a range of our flagship products to the Trust. This contract underpins the continued development of Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare in Northern Ireland and affords us the opportunity of using our expertise going forward to ensure these products remain in optimum condition to assist the work of staff and the wellbeing of patients.”