18 March 2024

Elevating care for patients with neurological conditions or weak leg muscles

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NHS Lothian Charity has supported physiotherapists at the Astley Ainsley Hospital with the acquisition of an Electric Arjo Walker, a sit-to-stand machine.

The machine is an upgrade in its functionality and ease of use. The previous version of the machine relied on manual pumping by staff members, resulting in a jolting experience for patients as they transitioned to an upright position with a walking frame. However, the new electronic version offers a seamless and comfortable experience. Patients with neurological conditions or weak leg muscles, such as those recovering from strokes or brain injuries, benefit greatly from this innovation during their early stages of rehabilitation.

The machine features a pulpit design, allowing patients to distribute weight through their upper arms while providing soft and supportive cushioning. Its electric assistance facilitates the sit-to-stand movement, making it easier for patients who struggle with this transition. Moreover, the machine significantly reduces the strain on staff members involved in manual handling.

It’s something we use most days. I knew this would be a much smoother transition for patients, improving their experience and modernising our treatment and equipment. We are a rehabilitation unit and it helps us to keep up to date and provide the best possible care.”

Shelley, NHS Lothian Staff member

With a team of 10 physiotherapists using the equipment, it supports staff in ensuring the best possible outcome and care for their patients.

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