Plus sized patients double in four years

PLUS sized patients are taking their toll on Colchester hospitals, according to staff.

Isaac Ferneyhough, Colchester hospital trust’s back care advisor, claimed the number of bariatric patients, those heavier than 25 stone, has doubled in the past four years.

Hospital beds can support 26 stone in weight but heavier people need expensive reinforced cots, chairs and more nursing staff to lift them.

Mr Ferneyhough, who teaches hospital staff lifting techniques, has blamed an increase in desk jobs and corner cutting technology for the epidemic.

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12:57pm Fri 6 Dec 13

LeQueen says...

It's not technology that's to blame it's the vast array of processed carbohydrates that are cheap and plentiful.

No one becomes obese eating meat, fish, fruit, vegetables , nuts and seeds.
It's not technology that's to blame it's the vast array of processed carbohydrates that are cheap and plentiful. No one becomes obese eating meat, fish, fruit, vegetables , nuts and seeds. LeQueen

2:12pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Reginald47 says...

If you mean fat or obese Isaac say fat or obese.
If you mean fat or obese Isaac say fat or obese. Reginald47

2:07pm Sat 7 Dec 13

suzyn says...

The NHS has got to stop pandering to the obese or nothing will change.
10 raised risks from obesity.
Type 2 diabetes,
Heart attack,
High blood pressure,
Obstructive sleep apnea,
Gout, High cholesterol,
reflux heartburn,
Osteoarthritis,
Cancer (bowel, breast and esophageal)
Heart failure.

And they all want treatment!?
It's got to stop, send them home with a diet sheet & tell them to come back when their common sense returns.
The NHS has got to stop pandering to the obese or nothing will change. 10 raised risks from obesity. Type 2 diabetes, Heart attack, High blood pressure, Obstructive sleep apnea, Gout, High cholesterol, reflux heartburn, Osteoarthritis, Cancer (bowel, breast and esophageal) Heart failure. And they all want treatment!? It's got to stop, send them home with a diet sheet & tell them to come back when their common sense returns. suzyn

1:06am Sun 8 Dec 13

iferneyhough says...

A small but important misquote. I teach staff NOT to lift patients, but to move and handle patients ensuring dignity, comfort and respect for the patient without judging them. NHS professionals give healthcare without prejudice.
A small but important misquote. I teach staff NOT to lift patients, but to move and handle patients ensuring dignity, comfort and respect for the patient without judging them. NHS professionals give healthcare without prejudice. iferneyhough

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