In going to A&E, many never imagine being admitted onto one of the wards, but this is sadly the reality many have had to contend with since the pandemic started.
The ‘Patient Care Pack’ scheme was started so that those admitted into hospital are able to access the essential items needed for their own personal hygiene, protecting their dignity and enhancing the feeling of comfort at what is often a confusing and difficult time.
Project organiser, Katherine Miles, told Hillingdon Today: “It all started back in April 2020 last year when COVID hit Northwick Park hospital really hard. Patients were arriving at hospital without basic hygiene products and because relatives were unable to visit to provide these essentials, patients were going without brushing their teeth and having a shower.
“Over the following months we started to get bigger and the demands kept coming in so we began reaching out to more hospitals in need including Northwick Park, Hillingdon, Watford General, Harefield, Ealing, Queen Charlotte’s, Wexham and Charing Cross providing them all with patients care packs. We have provided nearly 4500 packs now and we are still going!”
Over the coming days, drop of points for donations are being established at Co-Op stores across the borough including at Harefield, Ickenham, Ruislip, Hillingdon and Lees Corner Petrol station.
Further details about the project can be found on their Facebook page by clicking here.