Mobility stairclimber specialist AAT has created a new product for the moving of obese people, including up and down stairs.
It said that the task usually requires stronger equipment and multiple people.
However, with the new powered bariatric mobility stairclimber, one team of two people can easily manage the transport of a person weighing up to 230kg or 36st.
The equipment was developed in collaboration with ambulance services and is already in use by public and private sector organisations across the country.
The German-engineered, Class 1 medical and crash test certified device looks like a compact wheelchair with an integrated harness.
A battery-powered motor pack behind smoothly and safely drives the unit, delivering 300 steps from a single charge.
Peter Wingrave, AAT director, said: “Spending by NHS Trusts on bariatric provisions runs into millions of pounds per annum.
“The figures available only relate to equipment and services. What about the hidden cost? The extra crews and staff required to move a bariatric patient? The delays because more than one team is needed to move the patient?
“In that alone, the manpower cost could be cut by at least 50% just by providing our piece of kit.
“But it’s not just about money. It’s about safety for everyone involved. It’s about single-handed care. It’s about that most basic human right – dignity for the patient. Taken together, that’s best value.”