The growing number of obese patients in the UK is leading hospitals to invest in specialist equipment designed to handle the additional weight.
York Hospital has spent tens of thousands of pounds on new equipment, including heavy-duty apparatus in the maternity unit, new hoists, chairs and beds, the Yorkshire Press has revealed.
Nursing director Mike Proctor told the publication that in many cases it is the dimensions of the patient, rather than the weight itself, which poses difficulties.
"Purchasing the extra equipment enables the hospital to treat bariatric (obesity surgery) patients with the same dignity as any other patient, to accommodate their physical size and weight, and to reduce the risk to nurses of causing injury to themselves while moving or treating the patients," he explained.
Britain's largest specialist schoolwear retailer, the National Schoolwear Centres chain, recently announced that it was expanding its range of outsized uniforms in a move which health campaigners claim provides evidence of the growing problem with childhood obesity, a Guardian report revealed.
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