Professional footballer says ‘thanks’ to local NHS heroes

therapy tilt in space chairs
Professional footballer says ‘thanks’ to local NHS heroes
20 May 2020

Matthew James, a professional footballer who plays for Leicester city has donated two therapy tilt in space chairs worth £2000 to Fairfield General Hospital.

The chairs will be used by patients on medical wards 20 and 21.

The specialist chairs allow staff on the ward to tilt the entire chair while maintaining the same deep angle between seat and backrest. So lifting and positioning the user is a far easier task. Equally tilting both seat and backrest forward at the same angle can make getting into and out of the chair a far less challenging effort.

These chairs enable patients who could not usually sit up out of bed to do so. This helps speed up their recovery and allows access to therapy.

Matthew said:

“My mum Maxine James works as a staff nurse on ward 20. I’ve watched her commitment to patients across the ward and I wanted to help.

“I have donated this money to show my appreciation of all the staff and their hard work that they do and to help patients continue to receive outstanding care.”

Nicola Rimmington, Lead Nurse for General Medicine for Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation said:

“This very kind donation will help our patients enormously. They will help prevent muscle wastage and pressure ulcers, while providing a comfortable and safe place to sit.”

Fairfield General is part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA). It is one of the largest NHS organisations in the country, bringing together Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts, and runs four hospitals and community services in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.

Pictured are Dr Raw, Dena Brooks, and Deborah Truelove, ward sister using one of the chairs.