The Northern Health and Social Care Trust, covering areas of Northern Ireland, has set aside a fund of £500,000 for the provision of stairlifts and hoists for residents of the community, the Belfast News Letter has revealed.
The trust covers healthcare facilities such as Antrim Area Hospital, Braid Valley Care Complex, the Causeway Hospital and Mid-Ulster Hospital.
This includes more than 10,000 staff and nearly 500,000 residents in the surrounding community.
The trust’s recent board meeting heard that demand for stairlifts and other mobility equipment like hoists has increased as more residents are having trouble dealing with stairs.
The News Letter quoted interim director, Roy Hamill, as saying at the meeting: “Demand has increased in the area from people who have difficulty in managing stairs. This has placed significant demand on existing resources. The service has experienced escalating costs of installation.
“There is a need for this project. It can be measured by the impact it makes on service users’ lives.”
Also discussed was the spending of £70 million on increasing flexible staff numbers during the pandemic as the trust looked to increase support for hospitals. This arose from the board’s financial report, discussed at the meeting.
Also on the agenda were the corporate plan for 2021/22, as well as the approval of several trust projects for the future, including the redevelopment of Robinson Hospital.