Our NHS Heroes still need your support. Help them now and in the future by donating to our COVID-19 Appeal
As we find ourselves under lockdown restrictions again, we are reminded of and are so grateful to everyone who rallied around our NHS Heroes when they needed you most.
It was amazing to watch our communities, individuals and businesses come together to help us go that extra mile to provide additional support for staff and patients, as they dealt with the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks to your generous donations and support, we were able to provide:
- Tablets and mobile phones for Virtual Visiting while visiting restrictions were in place
- Shopping vouchers so that volunteers could be essential items such as soap and toothpaste for patients staying in hospital with no other way to get these
- Wellbeing hubs where staff could rest, relax and recharge before, during and after long and busy shifts… and much more!
But our NHS heroes still need your support. During this second lockdown you can continue to be there for staff and patients, and help us go above and beyond to support their physical and emotional wellbeing as they work tirelessly to combat this terrible virus.
With increasing infection rates, rising hospital admissions, and the general pressures that hospitals face during winter, our staff are continuing to work around the clock to provide vital care to their patients. It can be hot and uncomfortable wearing PPE for long periods of time and continued hand washing is causing irritation. It is difficult to switch off and catch up on essential sleep in advance of the next shift.
Visiting has also been suspended for safety reasons and once again patients feel cut off from their loved ones. To help protect our NHS, all hospital entertainment such as live music, arts and crafts has been put on hold, and with no visitors, the day can seem very long and miserable. Patients also have less access to essential items such as toiletry top-ups or clean clothes and pyjamas.
There is also a huge impact on our community teams. Patients discharged from hospital need support in their recovery at home and can experience other health complications as a result of having had Coronavirus. Staff working in community settings often care for the most vulnerable groups including the elderly, whom Coronavirus has affected the most.
Our NHS Lothian COVID-19 Appeal is raising money to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of staff and patients as well as fund additional equipment and technology that isn’t provided by the NHS or Government.
Below are some of the ways you can support staff and patients now and in the future:
£1,000 could kit out a wellbeing room to help NHS staff look after their physical and mental wellbeing in between busy shifts
£500 could provide outdoor seating for staff to have a comfortable and welcoming outdoor space to rest, relax and take some much needed time out
£50 could purchase additional tablets to connect patients to their loved ones through virtual visiting and to access digital entertainment
£25 could provide hot drinks for 50 NHS staff members who are taking time out in our wellbeing rooms
£10 could provide an Art Pack to patients to help pass the time and look after their emotional wellbeing whilst staying in hospital
£5 could provide essential toiletries to patients such as toothpaste, soap or shampoo
As the official charity partner of NHS Lothian, we will be working together with our NHS colleagues to ensure we provide the correct support where and when it is most needed.
Your donations will make a difference to lives today.
Please click here to donate: NHS Lothian COVID-19 Appeal
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our donors and corporate partners who have already supported our appeal and in particular to our major partnerships with: