Goods wanted to give Tameside patients comfort

NHS chiefs in Tameside have issued an appeal for donations to go in ‘comfort packs’ for patients.The COVID-19 outbreak means there are restrictions on visiting times at Tameside Hospital.

Now the trust in charge hopes to put together ‘comfort packs’ to make people’s stays there more pleasurable.

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has issued an appeal to any organisations who could help support the creation of the packs.

The sorts of items that are needed for the comfort packs are:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Moisturiser and hand cream
  • Body wash
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Puzzle books
  • Pens
  • Playing cards
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye masks
  • Hot chocolate sachets
  • Bags to put the packs in

Trust chief executive Karen James said: “Patients currently in hospital in Tameside have heavy restrictions in terms of visitors and as a result are not able to access the usual comforts that might be provided by friends or family.

“To help people have a more comfortable stay, we are appealing to local organisations who may be able to help with products that could go in comfort packs.”

The Trust hopes to start distributing the packs from today (Monday, April 6).

Any organisation who could support this, please contact the Trust by emailing or calling 07766 297853 to arrange delivery or collection of goods.

Meanwhile, Tameside Hospital has received extra oxygen supplies as the coronavirus outbreak places extra strain on facilities.

It is believed the Ashton-Under-Lyne site has received enough, to go with its piped supply, for an extra 60 patients.

The new delivery is in the form of concentrators, which can also be used at home.

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