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Firwood School in Bolton is a specialist school for secondary aged students who have severe or profound learning difficulties. Many students also have physical disabilities which severely restrict their mobility.

An Acheeva Learning Station is a special bed which allows physically disabled pupils to lie straight and work in a supported, balanced posture. It is compact and easily moveable, so children can be included in class activities. Its height and angle can be adjusted so the child can see what is being shown to other pupils, and also be at eye level with staff and their classmates in wheelchairs.

Firwood School has requested an additional Acheeva Learning Station to support the clinical needs of the new pupils starting in September. Access to this postural equipment will improve their range of movement and help to prevent potential deformities of the spine and hips. It will enhance the student’s ability to participate in curriculum activities which in turn raises their self esteem and well being.

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“Infections of the central nervous system need urgent and appropriate treatment. Most laboratory methods can take from 24 to 48 hours for diagnosis of bacterial meningitis and three to seven days for diagnosis of viral meningitis or encephalitis. The new equipment will mean we can get results of these tests in around an hour. We’ll be able to inform the clinicians of a positive result, allowing targeted therapy and reassurance to the patients and families. Just as important is the reporting of negative results, which may enable treatment withdrawal and possibly a shorter hospital stay.”

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Royal Bolton Hospital

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