Popple Well Springs to support Yorkshire Ambulance Service with Manger Elk lifting Equipment
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Central Government, Communities, Environment
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Lifting equipment used to help residents at Popple Well Springs in Tadcaster will also support emergency calls from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust thanks to a local agreement between Hanover Housing Association and the North Yorkshire County Council.
The agreement is a result of the combined efforts of Estate Manager Lisa Smith and former Yorkshire Ambulance Service Paramedic Practitioner Ron Wilkinson, who highlighted the emergency lifting device as the perfect way of supporting patients in Tadcaster.
This is just one of the ways Lisa and Ron have identified to improve services locally and contribute to the quality of care received both by Hanover residents and the local community.
Lisa said: “When Ron mentioned the Mangar Elk at one of our meetings I knew I could help. Since the estate opened in 2009 carers based at Popple Well Springs have been using this piece of equipment to support residents who’ve fallen. I approached North Yorkshire County Council who own the equipment to see if it would be possible to allow ambulance crews to use it too.”
The Council gave the go ahead and the Mangar Elk at Popple Well Springs is now available for use by Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff.
A Mangar Elk Emergency Lifting Cushion is a compact, portable, battery-powered cushion that has been specifically designed to assist a user safely back to their feet after a fall. The cushion is supplied with its own compressor and its portability means it can be used anywhere, making it particularly effective in small rooms or tight spaces where other lifting equipment cannot be used.
Paul Farthing, Locality Manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: “I am delighted that ambulance crews now have access to the Popple Well Springs Mangar Elk.
“Our ambulances are fully equipped to help people in an emergency situation but more specialist pieces of equipment, such as the Mangar Elk, are kept at base and dispatched when required.”
Ambulance crews have been given a unique code to access the area where the cushion is stored at Popple Well Springs, meaning they can call in to collect it for use rather than waiting for equipment to be sent from further away.
Paul added, “having access to this piece of equipment will be of great use to our teams in Tadcaster and the surrounding areas and this is another great example of how partnership working can have a positive impact on patient care.
“I am looking forward to building upon our relationship with Hanover Housing Association to benefit members of the local community.”
Hanover resident, 91-year-old Muriel Shuckburgh has benefitted from the Mangar Elk after she lost her footing and fell when walking back to her chair in her apartment.
After being checked over by the onsite care staff and a Yorkshire Ambulance Service crew, the Mangar Elk was used to lift her up from the floor to a seated position and then to a standing position where she was then able to walk with some support back to her chair.
Muriel said: “I didn’t know that this type of equipment existed, I was really impressed! It was comfortable and very smooth as I gradually got to my feet.”