Support our coronavirus appeal to help staff and patients at Newcastle Hospitals
Staff at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been working tirelessly to transform the way they deliver care for patients in these most challenging of times for the Trust, the NHS and the country.
We are encouraging people to show their support by donating to our Coronavirus Appeal. Every penny generously donated will be used to support patients and staff at Newcastle Hospitals.
We are so grateful for all the local people and businesses who have donated, given gifts in kind or shared messages of support on our social media in recent months.
Thanks to the pubic’s support we so far have been able to provide urgent items such as iPads for patients to communicate with their loved ones and care packs for our staff.
Your kindness and generosity have helped our staff to get through these difficult times and it has been wonderful to see you all come together for our teams in the community, and in the hospitals.
Gifts in kind
Our colleagues are always grateful for gifts of items such as toiletries. If you are considering donating any gift in kind please contact our friendly charity team in the first instance on 0191 213 7235 so we can discuss your donation.
· Please contact the Charity or Trust before making a donation of food as there are certain regulations we must adhere to
· Donations of food donation can only be accepted from providers who have a 3 star plus food rating
NHS Charities Together
A significant amount of money was raised by NHS Charities Together through the generosity of the public and with the help of Sir Tom Moore who raised millions of pounds by walking 100 laps of his garden to mark his 100th birthday.
Newcastle Hospitals Charity in collaboration with the Trust has secured funding from NHS Charities Together for a range of initiatives to support staff health and wellbeing, following public support for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After discussion with colleagues on what would benefit our staff the first round of initiatives are supporting our colleagues with more to come. Some examples are below:
Fruit and Vegetable stall – The Freeman Hospital.
Staff, patients and visitors can benefit from readily available and easily accessible fresh produce at a fruit and vegetable stall which follows on from the outlet which is currently located at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). Replicating the facility at Freeman is supporting more colleagues to shop with ease, accessing great fresh produce to support their health and wellbeing.
Outdoor seating areas at RVI
New outdoor seating areas are now open for colleagues and can be found outside the Bistro at Peacock Hall and in the outpatients’ courtyard on level one at the RVI. The importance of staff wellbeing has been heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic and the seating areas give staff the opportunity to take their break outside in the fresh air in a relaxed safe environment whilst maintaining social distancing.
Live ‘webinar’ with motivational speaker Steve Head.
All staff were given the opportunity to watch a series of workshops led by motivational speaker Steve Head designed to offer tools and practical ways of thinking to help them cope with the emotional and logistical challenges that COVID-19 has created