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Broadland District Council donates iPads to help Covid-19 hospital patients keep in touch

Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle delivered the iPads to staff at the NNUH
Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle delivered the iPads to staff at the NNUH

Published: Thursday, 30th April 2020

Forty iPads are being donated by Broadland District Council to help patients on the Covid-19 wards of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital keep in touch with their families during isolation.

Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle said the role of councillors is to support the community and what better way than helping keep families together by being connected during this difficult time.

Cllr Mancini-Boyle said:

“I cannot imagine what it must be like to be poorly in hospital and not able to see your family. We wanted to support the hospital in their efforts to keep people in touch with their loved ones – albeit virtually -  and donating the iPads made sense.

“The old iPads are available as a result of the Councils ongoing programme to refresh IT equipment after 5 years.  

“They are perfect for keeping people in touch e.g. via Facetime, Skype or other remote communication tools. It seemed a much better use of resources to donate them to where they can make a difference to the lives of local patients and their families”

Cllr Mancini-Boyle said after the coronavirus crisis was over the iPads would then be available for use by patients on other wards.

She said:

“With forty iPads there should be enough for one for every ward. This means patients, whether they’re a new mum or an older person with family or friends living outside of the area, can keep in touch. The technology is there even if their loved one can’t be”

Sarah Higson, NNUH Lead for Patient Engagement and Experience, said:

“We are extremely grateful for this donation and we are hoping to have iPads on every ward as we know that enabling people to see each other as well as speak to each other will make for much more meaningful communication and will make a huge difference to them.

“We will be able to reunite couples; parents, children and grandchildren and we know this will mean the world to them.

“This is also really important for our staff: knowing that you have done all you can for your patients and their loved ones is a major morale booster. Going the extra mile is hard wired into our teams and having access to this resource will make caring that bit easier.”

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