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NHS charity funds sit-on weighing scales for patients

Health Care Support Worker Claire Davies and Staff Nurse Rhian James with the sit on weighing scales

THANKS to donations from the public, Hywel Dda Health Charities has been able to purchase a sit-on weighing scales for patients in Cleddau Ward at Glangwili Hospital.

Cleddau is an admission unit for surgical patients and the scales are used so that an accurate weight can be obtained before admission to theatre. They also enable correct medication to be administered, based on weight, and for nutrition and hydration to be monitored.

Vicky Thomas, a Sister on Cleddau Ward said, “Having the sit on weighing scales has enabled us to weigh patients who we usually wouldn’t have been able to weigh until there was an improvement in their condition.

“Now we can weigh most patients as soon as they are admitted to the department which then enables us to refer to the appropriate services if needed. The sit on weighing scales will make a difference to staff as we were previously unable to weigh patients who were unable to stand independently, but having these allows us to now weigh the majority of patients.”

Public donations make a real difference to the lives of patients in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, enabling Hywel Dda Health Charities to purchase items above and beyond what the NHS provides.

You can find out more and support your local NHS charity at: hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk