NHS grant to fund new beds at Bethesda

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A grant from NHS Western Isles has enabled Bethesda to purchase 21 new beds and a hoist for patients in the Care Home.

NHS Western Isles recently awarded Bethesda a grant of more than £20,000 to modernise and improve facilities to support improved patient care and the achievement of Care Commission Standards.

Bethesda is a non-profit organisation which opened in 1992 to provide 21 nursing home beds and four hospice beds. A recent extension was built to provide single rooms, with en-suite and toilet and shower facilities for all residents in the Care Home. Renovations also included an overnight room for relatives, a doctor’s office for the Hospice Medical Director, training facilities and upgraded facilities for staff. Capital grants from the local NHS also helped to fund these improvements.

The latest grant of £20,385 from NHS Western Isles will further support the longer-term care of patients requiring nursing home care.

Carol Somerville, General Manager of Bethesda Care Home and Hospice, said: “‘We are very pleased to have received the capital grant from NHS Western Isles. This has enabled us to provide another patient hoist and also profiling beds for all our residents in the Care Home, thus improving their comfort and assisting the staff to continue to provide the high standard of care which we strive to achieve.”

Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles Gordon Jamieson stated: “The Health Board is delighted to have been able to support Bethesda by providing a capital grant for essential patient equipment. Bethesda is an extremely valuable asset to the local community and the Board fully recognises this.”