The Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella is currently in the process of replacing the furniture in all its rooms, including electrically operated beds, armchairs and tables. The existing items of furniture will be recycled.
It is costing 1,367,581 euros to replace this furniture in all the wards of the hospital, including the Emergency department.
The provincial delegate for Equality, Health and Social Policies, Ana Isabel González, was given a tour of the hospital by its manager, Torcuato Romero, this week to see how the modernisation is going. It began at the end of May and is expected to be completed very soon, but has not affected the normal working of the hospital.
"The new equipment offers more comfort, safety and mobility in the rooms for patients and their families, and also for the hospital staff. We apologise if anyone has felt inconvenienced, but the result will be a considerable improvement for everyone," said Ana Isabel González.
The new beds can be adjusted to a variety of positions, so they will be more comfortable for patients and also make it easier for nurses and doctors to carry out procedures and treatments.
The beds can be adapted according to patients' weight and height, and can be extended by 15 centimetres if required. The headboard and footboard are removable, giving staff better access where needed. The controls are clearly marked and easy for the patients to use.
From a safety point of view, the new beds include a function which minimises pressure on the patient's pelvic area, reducing the possibility of bed sores for immobile patients. They are also fitted with safety bars to prevent falls, and a nightlight which can be activated by the patients or their relatives.
The mattresses are of visco-elastic material and designed to support the spinal column in its natural position.
The bedside table is designed to offer the patient independence and is easy to manoeuvre. The drawers are also easily accessible from both sides. The armchairs are 180º reclinable and the arms and footrests can be adjusted for comfort.
The hospital management is training staff on how to move and operate the new items of furniture, and has also produced explanatory videos which can be watched by patients on the TVs in their rooms.
This is the latest improvement to be carried out by the hospital. In recent years, phenolic screens have been installed to protect the walls, the call system by which patients can request assistance from staff has been replaced and the fire detection system has also been renewed, among other projects.