Help for Heroes donates new buggy to Headley Court

Thursday 21 December 2017

After clocking up more than 13,000 miles transporting Headley Court patients between facilities, the old patient transfer vehicle (PTV) has been replaced by a new and specially adapted model.

Costing more than £25,000, the new buggy will be able to drive patients and wheelchairs throughout Headley Court, when several trips were previously needed as the old machine only catered for the patients, while the wheelchairs were walked to the required destinations by staff.

It could take up to three and six visits between sites, adding unwanted miles on an essential mode of transport; In some cases, a journey of 500 metres or more.

With the move to Stanford Hall due to take place in September 2018, the PTV will be relocated, and a charging station will be fitted on site.

It is expected that the buggy will have a five-year lifespan, enabling the patients at both Headley Court and Stanford Hall to fully participate in all stages of their healing and rehabilitation processes.

Headley Court Commanding Officer, Group Captain Teresa Griffiths O.B.E and Flight Sergeant Ian Hanks, passed on their best wishes to the staff at Help for Heroes.

Gp Capt Griffiths told Help for Heroes' Communications Director, Robin Punt, and Head of Welfare & Clinical Services, Carol Betteridge, that thanks to the new vehicle, the nurses wouldn't have to make as many trips each day during all types of weather.

Carol said that Help for Heroes was glad to be able to replace the Headley Court buggy, and agreed that it would be invaluable.

"It will make such a difference to the patients not to have to walk between areas on the unit," she said.

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