September 11, 2008

NP Bed Manufacturer Wins Australian Contract


NEW PLYMOUTH hospital bed manufacturer Howard Wright has won a large contract to supply a Melbourne hospital.

The company will supply Cabrini Health's redeveloped Brighton hospital with 70 ward beds and 25 stretchers -- a contract worth nearly half a million dollars.

Cabrini director of building and business development Geoff Fazakerley said a wide range of bed manufacturing companies was trialled.

After two weeks of testing, Howard Wright's M7 range was selected. "Cabrini's nursing staff preferred the M7 design," said Mr Fazakerley.

Howard Wright Australia general manager Richard Etherton said the M7 beds were designed to make care easier for 95% of patient heights, weights and conditions.

He said the range was developed after extensive research with medical professionals into the treatment and transfer of patients.

"Its fully electric functions give it an extraordinary range of patient support options, from lying flat to raised back and knee support. It's been designed to minimise patient stress through unnecessary handling."

Earlier this year, Howard Wright was awarded the ongoing Australian contract to supply M7 beds and stretchers to Ramsay Health Care, a global hospital group operating more than 100 hospitals.


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