MYTON Hospice patients are keeping in touch with family during the pandemic after a donation of iPads.
Cemex in Rugby donated two of the tablets to Coventry’s inpatient unit, and patients have been using them to connect with loved ones they have not been able to see.
The hospice – which has sites in Rugby, Warwick and Coventry – has limited the number of visitors and the hours in which they can visit.
The charity has also had to adapt the way it delivers some services, like its tatigue and breathlessness clinic and living well service, to stay connected with patients but without seeing them in person.
Staff say using the donated iPads to video call has enabled staff to continue delivering these services during lockdown, and they will also be used to support people who may be vulnerable and unable to leave their homes going forward.
Myton physiotherapist Susan Fletcher said: “It has been such a difficult time for patients and their relatives and being able to offer these calls has been really beneficial. Family members have been in touch to say how grateful they have been and what a difference it has made.
“The iPads have enabled us to offer relatives, who have been unable to visit the hospice, a chance to see and speak to their loved ones, something which has been so valuable for both our patients and those that they care so much about. Being able to offer this opportunity has made a difficult situation a little easier and we are really grateful to Cemex for their ongoing support.”