Staying connected: keeping in touch with patients and residents at the RHN
Donate Your Old Tech To the RHN
Back in March 2020, with the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability closed to visitors, there was a very real possibility that many of our patients would not be able to see or speak to their loved ones and friends for many months.
With volunteers also restricted from coming to the hospital, and patient activities restricted to only those that could take place on the wards, tackling patient loneliness became one of many challenges our staff had to meet during the lockdown.
With this in mind, we immediately launched our Stay Connected appeal. Wherever possible, we wanted to use technology to allow video messaging between patients and residents and their families and friends. We already had a number of iPads and Android tablets set up for this purpose, and in use by patients, but we were in desperate need of more.
Fortunately, our supporters were able to respond. By hunting in the backs of cupboards and desk drawers, they were able to supply us with over 40 extra devices, including 35 iPads and seven Android tablets. These have all been configured by our team of technologists so that they can be used by our patients and residents to stay in touch with family and friends outside the hospital.
A family member whose mother benefited from the scheme said,
“Being able to see mum regularly via Zoom has really helped ease our worries. We are immensely thankful to everyone who donated their unwanted technology to enable this to happen.”
We are pleased to say that visits have now re-started at the hospital. However, in line with government guidance, the numbers of visitors we can have on site on any one day is still restricted. This is why we still need your help.
Despite the success of our initial appeal we don’t have enough devices to keep everyone connected.
If you have an old tablet, either iPad or Android device, which still functions but you don’t mind donating it to the cause, we’d be incredibly grateful for it.
Please make sure you remove all personal data from your device – including your Apple ID – and reset it to its factory settings before sending it, along with its power cable, to:
Stay Connected Appeal, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, West Hill, Putney, London, SW15 3SW
Don’t forget to include your name and address so that we can track how your device makes a difference to our patients.
Want to send a message to your loved ones?
We will continue to use technology to allow video messaging between patients and residents at the RHN and their families and friends. Our supporters have kindly donated a number of iPads and Android tablets for this purpose – if you have an old device that you could donate to the RHN, please let us know at email@example.com