iPads help isolated patients

Just Regional
Apr 30, 2020 2 mins read

Forty iPads are being donated by Broadland District Council to help patients on the covid-19 wards of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to keep in touch with their families during isolation.

Trudy Mancini-Boyle, deputy council leader and cabinet member for finance, said: “I cannot imagine what it must be like to be poorly in hospital and not able to see your family.

“We wanted to support the hospital in their efforts to keep people in touch with their loved ones – albeit virtually – and donating the iPads made sense.
“The old iPads are available as a result of the council’s ongoing programme to refresh IT equipment after five years and they are perfect for keeping people in touch, via Facetime, Skype or other remote communication tools. It seemed a much better use of resources to donate them to where they can make a difference to the lives of local patients and their families.”

After the coronavirus crisis is over, the iPads will then be available for use by patients on other wards.
She said: “ With 40 iPads there should be enough for one for every ward. This means patients, whether they’re a new mum or an older person with family or friends living outside of the area, can keep in touch. The technology is there even if their loved one can’t be.”

Broadland District Council deputy leader and cabinet member for finance Trudy Mancini-Boyle handing over the iPads to (left back) Helena Scott, Voluntary Services co-ordinator; (left front) Emma Taylor, Voluntary Services end of life co-ordinator; (right back) Steve Kirk, digital health services manager; and (front right) Tanya Lonergan Lee, digital health desktop services manager.

Sarah Higson, NNUH lead for patient engagement and experience, said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation and we are hoping to have iPads on every ward as we know that enabling people to see each other as well as speak to each other will make for much more meaningful communication and will make a huge difference to them.

“We will be able to reunite couples, parents, children and grandchildren, and we know this will mean the world to them.”

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