RJAH gets new pool hoist

A new piece of equipment which allows disabled people to get in the Hydrotherapy Pool at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) has been purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends.

Hospital patients, as well as members of Oswestry Disabled Swimming Club, are celebrating after the new manually operated pool hoist was installed last month.

The £15,000 purchase was made after the old electric hoist, which was about 13 years old, suffered moisture damage and because of this it was decided the new hoist would be manually operated.

Staff and Oswestry Disabled Swimming Club volunteers will operate the hoist using a winding handle.

Victoria Sugden, charity director of the League of Friends, said: “We know how important use of the swimming pool is for RJAH patients and the Disabled Swimming Club, which is why when we’d heard about the damage to the previous hoist, we were keen to avoid this problem again which is why we decided to go for a manual hoist.”

Lorraine Lewis, service manager for therapies, said: “This is great news; the hoist enables our spinal injuries patients to have full use of the pool again as it provides a crucial part of their rehabilitation programme.”

Gill Cripps, chairman of Oswestry Disabled Swimming Club, said: “On behalf of everyone involved with the club I’d like to say a big thank you to the League of Friends for funding this important piece of equipment.

“This hoist will play a big part in helping members of the club, as well as RJAH patients. It will not only aid recovery but it’s actually providing members with some much needed social time, as well as freedom of movement.”