A GLASGOW hospital has introduced new beds so that families can spend the night with their loved ones.

Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (GQEUH) has launched critical care beds, which allow family members to spend more time and stay overnight with hospital residents. 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have pioneered the plan in a bid to focus greater on the need families have to want to spend the night with a relative receiving end-of-life care. 

The Buddy chairs, which convert into beds, can be placed by hospital bedsides. Visitors can sit, sleep and spend more time at the hospital without worrying about travelling to and from, finding another bed, or missing out on precious time with their loved one.Glasgow Times:

GQEUH Nurse Doreen said: “It’s so important for families to be able to spend as much time as possible with their loved ones at end-of-life care. The buddy chairs provide a simple solution and have had a significant impact in the time we’ve had them. Patients are able to spend their remaining time with those closest to them at their bedsides, and loved ones don’t need to worry about travel or missing out on crucial moments.

“In addition to providing visitors with comfortable respite, it also welcomes the family to be included as part of the team looking after their loved one.”

The beds are compact and easily folded away to allow more space on wards when not in use. Four have been incorporated into the hospital already, and it is hoped that they will be able to purchase more if they are successful.

Frances McLinden, South Director for NHSGGC, added: “In the short time we’ve had them, the buddy chairs have helped a number of families with loved ones in critical care. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference and being able to assist at this most devastating time for families helps us deliver compassionate care to patients. I am grateful to the critical care team for taking this initiative forward and supporting our patients spend time with their loved ones.”