A charity has already raised £40,000 in less than a week to buy safety kit, food and crucial supplies for medics, as well as blood pressure machines for maternity staff.
St George’s Hospital Charity is also paying for hotel rooms for key staff at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, and counselling for its doctors and nurses.
Through its St George’s Coronavirus Appeal it hopes to collect tens of thousands of pounds more to meet the needs of 9,000 staff – under unprecedented pressure and working round-the-clock to deal with the impact of Covid-19.
St George’s Hospital, famous around the world as home to Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E, with Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, serve a huge population of around 3.5million across south-west London – it is one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK.
One family of donors, Paola, Cristiano and Iago, who gave £350, said on the appeal page: “Thanks for all your hard work. Our baby boy was born at St George’s five months ago and we couldn’t find better carer than the NHS staff there. Stay safe.”
Trust chief executive Jacqueline Totterdell said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the public for the amazing support they have shown our staff by donating food or sending messages of gratitude.
“The coming weeks will be incredibly challenging for our front line staff as they care for an increasing number of patients with coronavirus.
“The money raised by donating to this ‘thank you’ appeal will provide support to our staff at a difficult time, in an organised way.”
Charity chief executive Amerjit Chohan said: “Thank you to everyone who has already donated to our appeal and reached out with incredible offers of support for our staff.
“We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our local community and beyond.
“St George’s Hospital Charity is committed to supporting staff through this challenging time and all money raised will go directly towards funding and supporting NHS staff in their roles.”
Specialist midwife Trudy Williams said: “This will make a significant difference to keeping our patients safe and optimise their ability to assess their well-being from home, particularly for those who require ‘shielding’, such as those with kidney transplants and those with immunosuppression.”
The charity said that many people were already asking how they could help. Mr Chohan added: “Right now, the best way is through donations to St George’s Coronavirus Appeal. This means that we can continue to work closely with the hospital and meet their needs as the situation changes.”
Last year, the charity issued grants of £2.3 million across both St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals for pain distraction devises for its children’s wards, bedside music for long-stay inpatients, and over £400k on medical research.
To donate, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/thankyouappeal
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