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Kidney Dialysis becomes a little more bearable

20 October 2009 00:00

Life has just become a little easier for patients living with kidney failure in North East London as the local dialysis unit located within the new gateway Surgical Centre at Newham University Hospital has now been installed with the latest Samsung Professional Freeview LCDs from Airwave.
Coax cable had been installed to each TV point and an aerial socket along with a power socket were fitted into the ceiling void close the proposed ceiling pole locations which were above the foot of each bed, within the curtained railed area. The requirement was for individual LCD TV’s with integrated Freeview, for each patient to be able to enjoy their own choice of TV or radio channel from the comfort of their bed or chair.
Space around the bed head is always tight in renal units and with precedence quite rightly being given to the dialysis equipment and other medical devices the Trust decided that rather than have the TV’s mounted on an arm from behind the bed head, our ceiling mounted pendant bracket with 22” screen would be the ideal solution for Newham Renal.

Lindsay davies of Airwave Healthcare explains “As the majority of the beds and chairs are positioned in bays of 4 or 6 it was essential that the TV’s were programmed to ‘headphones only’ with an audio cable discreetly run through the suspended ceiling and down into the bedhead trunking to where a headphone socket was fitted. Extended cable length (1.8m) headphones were supplied which allow patients to comfortably stay ‘plugged in’ despite the fact that their chair, or bed in the seating position, may actually be some distance from the wall. As the dialysis patients are frequently on the ward they have been provided with their own head set to keep and re-use each visit however they could in fact use any of their own headphones from personal devices such as iPod, cd players and the like”
She explained further “Another useful feature is the multi bedded area remote control. Each remote control is programmed to one of 10 variations in the multi bedded areas thus avoiding cross ‘zapping’ by patients, a unique benefit available on Airwave’s specialist healthcare TV range and so terribly annoying for patients (and staff) if a traditional TV is used and patients change every TV’s channel within their bay, and not always accidentally!”

For this particular project a 22” black finish TV was selected however, a number of our healthcare range TV’s (19” and 22”) are available in optional white finish as are many of our arms and brackets.