35 new wheelchairs for Southmead Hospital


Every day, hundreds of patients and families cross the 280-metre atrium of the Brunel Building for appointments and visits.

Patients and families with mobility issues will now benefit from 35 upgraded wheelchairs, provided by donations.

Reducing anxiety and increasing patient safety

The top-of-the-line wheelchairs feature a sliding rubber footrest, which will greatly improve both patient experience and safety, reducing any stress or anxiety they may feel as they navigate the hospital. Some people found the previous wheelchairs, which had a swivel footrest, difficult to use without staff support.

Not only do the new wheelchairs give patients and families a better experience, but they also increase the amount available to other parts of the hospital. The older models have been distributed to those most in need of more wheelchairs, including some Outpatient Gates and other areas outside the Brunel building.

More wheelchairs for those in need

Jill Randall, Manager of the Move Maker Volunteers, has already received positive feedback from staff across the hospital.

“The response has been amazing. We’ve had colleagues across the hospital absolutely over the moon to have more wheelchairs available.

“We know how important it is to make sure every single patient has as smooth and comfortable an experience as possible when navigating our hospital. It may seem like a small thing, but by bringing in the best wheelchairs possible, we’re making sure that happens. We are endlessly grateful to everyone who has donated their time, money and passion to make this possible. Thank you so much!” 

You can help provide more equipment by donating today. Thank you.

Thank you for your support – it makes a huge difference to our patients, their families and our staff.

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