Small donation is beautiful for St Cross

Occupational therapist Trish Patel, band 5 nurse Samantha Middleton, clinical sister Cheryl Stokes and healthcare assistant Samantha Brightman are pictured with some of the new resources. Photo: Bob Mercer. NNL-170327-100017001
Occupational therapist Trish Patel, band 5 nurse Samantha Middleton, clinical sister Cheryl Stokes and healthcare assistant Samantha Brightman are pictured with some of the new resources. Photo: Bob Mercer. NNL-170327-100017001

A donation from the Friends of St Cross is already making a big difference to patients with visual or hearing impairments.

The nursing and occupational therapy teams at the hospital can now call on five kit boxes developed and sourced by the equality and diversity team in partnership with the patient experience manager and the head of voluntary services.

The kits include magnifying glasses, pocket talkers and plate surrounds and other gadgets.

The items have proved a hit with patients in Hoskyn, Mulberry or Oak wards who can be in hospital for prolonged stays and can often feel isolated due to the impairments that they suffer from.

Clinical sister Cheryl Stokes said “These kit boxes have already proved so useful and popular with patients.

“Patients and visitors are always really grateful for any pieces of equipment that make daily activities easier - especially something as simple as the plate guards and audio leaflets.

“The kits help them to maintain their dignity when they are in unfamiliar surroundings.”

Friends Chairman Willy Goldschmidt said: “We are delighted to donate little things, such as these, which we believe make a real difference to the patient experience and help the staff whose care and compassion is so appreciated by the people of Rugby.”