Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Our teams have been working together to coordinate donations of surplus IT equipment to help keep people connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, we have donated 25 laptops to seven different hospices around the UK.
The laptops will help patients and their loved ones to stay in touch via video calls, while visits to the hospices are not possible due to current lockdown restrictions. The equipment will also be used to help hospices stay in touch with patients in the community and to aid remote working.
We’d like to thank our charity partner CRASH, who put us in touch with these hospices and enabled us to make these donations. CRASH is the construction industry’s charity that helps homelessness and hospice organisations with their construction projects – creating places that care for people when they’re at their most vulnerable.
Fay Richardson, Director of Care at The Hospice of St Francis, said: “For our patients video contact is essential right now. On our IPU where we are caring for people who also have CV-19, it has made an enormous difference. On FaceTime, visitors do not have to be in full protective equipment and they can spend as long as they want to spend able to see, sit in silence or talk to their loved ones. For patients in the community we can offer confidential secure calls and our physios are running remote classes - the first class had eight participants, dialling in to see our physio to take them through their exercises. The purchase price of laptops has increased so much during the pandemic the donated laptops from CRASH are a lifeline. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.”
Senior Sister at Wakefield Hospital, said: “One of our patients at 97 has embraced the use of technology with great zeal and has regular chats with her cousins and her grandson in Abu Dhabi. Doris says that having this facility is fantastic and she enjoys her chats so much. It is a shame that other people are not so lucky, to have the care that the hospice provides and the chance to still be able to keep close contact to the ones we care about.”