Digital Donations Help to Keep Patients Connected

Over the last few months NHS Forth Valley has received hundreds of generous donations to support local staff and patients during the pandemic.

While the deliveries of hot meals and veg boxes, toiletries and scrub bags, have been appreciated some donations like iPads will continue to deliver benefits in the weeks and months ahead.

Investment company, Baillie Gifford donated 25 ipads to NHS Forth Valley to help patients keep in touch with their family and friends during the Covid-19 pandemic.

John Nicolson, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire also launched a fundraiser to raise money for ipads after he was unable to visit his own mother while she was in hospital.  He raised enough money to buy 36 tablet devices, half of which were donated to NHS Forth Valley and half to NHS Tayside.

NHS Forth Valley Nurse Director, Professor Angela Wallace, said, “Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and current visiting restrictions, the last time many people see their loved ones before they are admitted to hospital is either when they drop them off, or they are brought in by ambulance.

“These fantastic donations help people keep in touch with their friends and family while they are in hospital and are much appreciated by patients and staff alike.”