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WBHHS and QAS provide transport for bariatric patients

New bariatric stretcher
Queensland Ambulance Service director of Wide Bay LASN Rony Sapir,
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service nursing director of family and
community  services Carol McMullen and acting patient transport
co-ordinator  Janet See with  the new bariatric stretcher which will improve
medical transportation services locally.


PATIENTS weighing up to 300kg can now be transported in the Bundaberg area thanks to a new agreement between the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service.

The agreement, which is the first of its kind in Queensland, will see a bariatric stretcher installed in the WBHHS Patient Transporter, enabling patients up to 300kg to be transported to hospital and between medical facilities.

“The new PLS Plus Stretcher will enable the WBHHS and QAS to deliver improved patient transport services and emergency ambulance transportation to bariatric patients,” WBHHS chief executive Adrian Pennington said.

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“This is really great news for bariatric patients and will improve the level of care provided as they are transported to, from and between medical facilities.”

WBHHS and QAS staff are undertaking training in how to use the new bariatric stretcher before it is used in the transporter.

“While the new stretcher will be provided via the WBHHS Patient Transporter, the agreement will provide both the WBHHS and QAS with the ability to offer the bariatric stretcher for patients when the need arises,” Mr Pennington said.

“The WBHHS works closely with the QAS every day and this agreement is the result of the strong relationship the two organisations have developed.”

Previously the patient transporter and local ambulances have been equipped to transport patients up to 220kg.


Last updated: 27 February 2015