We supported the staff at Stratton Hospital with baskets of fruit, to complement the considerable sugary treats they were receiving from public and patients.
The League of Friends of Stratton Hospital was recently made aware by Kerri Welch, Stratton Community Nurse Team Lead and Community Matron, of the benefits which cellular iPads would have in the care Homes in our area. These would allow electronic patient/clinician contact, care, advice, intervention and monitoring and during the current pandemic enable families to phone in and see and talk with loved ones who are in care. After making enquiries and checking the need and positive present and future use by clinicians, the Trustees of the League of Friends agreed to fund these iPads for Eventide, Red Gables, Fairfield and St. Annes Residential Care Homes. These have now been delivered with covers personally funded by Katie & Martin Hemmerle – thank you.
Comments received from the Homes say it all –
From Eventide Residential Home
Thank you so much to Stratton Hospital League of friends for supplying us at Eventide with a new iPad to enable our residents to keep in touch with their families during these difficult times. The look of sheer happiness on their faces on seeing their families on video is hard to describe. Looking to the future surgeries are going to be using video links even more to speak to patients.
Whilst visits are important, Telehealth as they are calling it is going to play a big part in our future lives, because it works, so we will be all geared up and ready.
We are a non profit making Care Home and so we are so grateful for such a generous gift from you. I know of all the other work you all do with the League of Friends, you are all angels in disguise.
From Graham Hodgson – Chairman of Trustees of Eventide Residential Home.
From Fairfield Country Rest Home
We wanted to thank you for such an incredibly generous gift of an iPad for our residents to use at Fairfield Country Rest Home, Launcells.
In these uncertain times it opens up an essential avenue of communication for our residents to connect with families and friends and a way for the hospitals to assess their needs.
The owner of Fairfield has already purchased an iPad for video calling with families and this is proving to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our residents in the current situation. With 30 residents sharing this, this new iPad from you takes the pressure off and gives everyone a chance to be with their loved ones virtually.
We would also like to thank HBH Woolacotts for the handy and thoughtful iPad cover.
It is remarkable to witness firsthand how our community is pulling together for our most vulnerable. We can’t quite put into words how much we appreciate your thoughts and gift.
From all the Residents and Team at Fairfield Country Rest Home – A million thank yous.
From Red Gables Residential Home
A huge thank you from us all at Red Gables Residential Home for the very generous donation of the iPad.
This will benefit our residents in many ways, particularly keeping in touch with friends and family at this difficult time. We will also be using it for video consultations with G.Ps and Community Nurses.
While we have made arrangements for the support of social contact, we have found the best and most rewarding means of keeping contact is via video, Skype or face time.
So thank you all once again on behalf of all who live at Red Gables for keeping us in your thoughts.
Katie Hartop, Registered Manager
From St Annes Residential Home
I am writing this e-mail to say a massive thank you on behalf of our residents at St. Annes for the donation of the iPad.
It is a difficult time for all at present and our residents do miss their visits from their family members and friends. It is so important for their personal well being that we promote contact with their loved ones and bring a smile to their face. We have been trying to do this by the use of the home land line and video calls using staff mobile phones.
Having the iPad will now be such a benefit to our residents and help them maintain contact with their family and friends and enable to maintain links to the Telehealth.
This will beneficial to their health and well being in so many ways and we really can’t thank you enough.
From our Manager Emma Woolf, myself and all the team at St. Annes.
Debbie Watson- Deputy Manager.
27th April 2020 the League of Friends of Stratton Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary as a registered Charity with the Charity Commission.