Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia’s House Grand Opening

OpeMed were delighted and proud to attend the official opening with TV Actor, Martin Clunes at Julia’s House Hospice, Devizes – Wiltshire, this weekend. As featured on BBC Wiltshire and with many notable attendees, Julia’s House is an award-winning children’s hospice charity dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families through exceptional facilities and staff.

This high profile hospice has been supported by Guy Ritchie, David Beckham, Robert Downey Jr. as well as many other celebrities and has become a cause close to many peoples hearts. We are proud to have been able to fit out the facility with our state-of-the-art equipment, from hoists, Ceiling Track, Assisted Baths, Height and Horizontal Adjustable Washbasins to Adjustable Grab Rails.

 

Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia

Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia
Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia

Working closely with the architect, a specialist in designing Children’s Hospices,  we have achieved the ultimate patient transfer results whilst working within the limitations of adapting an existing building that could not be changed.

This involved working with low ceilings and integrating the track below doors, using flush H systems, fixing the height and horizontal adjustable washbasins and grab rails into non-structural walls.

The Washbasins and Grab Rails that adjust vertically and horizontally really came into their own in small bathrooms. This Pressalit equipment, designed in Denmark, was specially colour coded to help staff and users identify the “blue”, “green” or “red bathroom”. Included into the range of bathroom equipment is our electric Height Adjustable Changing Table with height adjustable backrests and a soft finish.

Our OpeMed Ceiling Track and Overhead Hoists are designed to work around the high tech sensory equipment installed as well the limitations of the structure of the building.

Hospice chief executive Martin Edwards said: “We are incredibly excited that with the Wiltshire children’s hospice we have created a homely, fun and child-friendly building which will give families throughout the county access to frequent respite care.”

“Our skilled nursing team has been providing expert community care in Wiltshire for more than three years and now these children and their families will also have the option of spending time at Julia’s House.

“As well as state-of-the-art facilities, and a venue for end of life nursing for children, the hospice is also an ideal central location from which to run our community care service and reach the many families in need of support throughout Wiltshire.

“All of this has been made possible by tremendously kind and dedicated fundraising from people throughout the community.

Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia
Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia

The home was able to use previous Ceiling Hoists and OpeMed specially adjusted and tailor made our track and room-to-room Gate Systems to allow integration with these hoists. 

As long term suppliers to Wates Construction across Education and Healthcare sectors, we were proud to work closely on this exciting project. OpeMed design, install and maintain Ceiling Hoists, Adjustable Washbasins, Changing Tables, Assisted WC and Assisted Baths in Schools (SEN and mainstream), Respite, Nursing Homes, Hospices, Hospitals and Homecare. Our expertise at the design stage and having a single supplier for all this equipment brings value from an early stage in terms of cost and saving on additional works.

Following the official opening to mark the end of building work, the new hospice will undergo a 10-week long inspection process to gain Care Quality Commission approval before welcoming the first families in July. If you would like to speak to our Product Specialists and find out how your organisation can achieve a fully accessible facility like Julia’s House Hospice, please contact us on 01252 758 858 or email info@opemed.net today.

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Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia
Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia
Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia
Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia