Lancashire Teaching Hospitals has received the extremely generous donation of a TV to enable children and young people to watch films and shows during their stay.
The donation, made by national technology company Philips and organised by Jonathan Duddle of Lancashire Teaching Hospital’s Blended Learning team, will improve patient experience for those admitted to the children’s ward at Royal Preston Hospital.
Jo Connolly, Divisional Nurse Director for Children and Young People and Critical Care at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the team at Philips for this extremely generous donation, which will benefit the young patients on our children’s ward greatly. Some of our patients can be on the ward for long periods of time and we try to provide games, toys and entertainment to help them to have a better time in hospital, as well as helping them to recover faster.”
Tracy Barrow, Sales Manager at Philips Professional Display Solutions, said: “We hope our donation goes some way to making hospital stays that little bit better for young patients at Royal Preston Hospital. We are delighted to have been able to give this gift, as with Christmas coming up, there will be plenty of festive films on offer for patients to enjoy!”
The appeal for donations of Christmas decorations and gifts is in full swing at Royal Preston Hospital’s children’s ward. The items provide ‘distraction therapy’ for patients, helping to take their minds off being unwell and providing a great aid to recovery. Headed up by the fundraising team, the ward has already received toys, books, toiletries and an abundance of decorations to help patients feel more at home over the festive period.
Paula Wilson, Head of Fundraising and Charity Governance at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so grateful to Tracy and the team at Phillips for donating this TV to our children’s ward. This will make a huge difference for children who have to stay in hospital, which can be a very distressing time for them, and this will help enormously!”
The children’s ward is still asking for all kinds of donations from local businesses and members of the public, particularly Christmas presents for babies aged 0-1 and teenagers. Examples of these donations include rattles and early learning toys for babies and toiletries and gift sets for teenagers.
Donated gifts and decorations can be left at the Baby Beat shop. The shop is to the left of the main entrance to the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital. Staffed by volunteers, it is open weekdays from 10am to 5pm.