Maudsley appeal for staff ploughing on through risk of infection – and patients dealing with loss and other mental health issues

A mental health charity supporting the world’s foremost mental health hospital is appealing for support for those suffering and the staff working on throughout the national trauma of coronavirus.

Maudsley Charity is supporting South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) patients and staff in response to the COVID-19 corona virus.

It wants to ensure that hospital and community services across Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark – and Bethlem Royal Hospital, Bromley –  can continue to offer the best possible support to people experiencing mental illness.

A statement from the charity said: “The NHS Trust is under increased pressure during the current coronavirus pandemic, supporting people with challenging mental health conditions, and staff are going above and beyond to make sure that this high quality care continues during uncertain times.

“Over the coming weeks and months we’re working with hospitals and community services to try to support them. We’re talking to staff and patients about what they need to help them, and what added extras they need beyond what the NHS is able to provide.

“That support will range from providing patients with extra items. These will include tablets for hospital wards so patients who are unable to receive visitors can keep in contact with their friends and families.

“It will also support clinicians to produce expert written patient information plus toiletries and food for staff who are staying away from home in order to work extra shifts.

“We know it’s going to be tough for people living with mental illness, and those caring for them. A number of people have approached us to make their own donations to join us in supporting this work.”

The Trust is also appealing to people for donations of specific items – you can find out more here.

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