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Donations flood in for staff and patients in discharge lounges

Donations flood in for staff and patients in discharge lounges

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:00pm 24th May 2020.

Donations have been flooding in for care workers and patients in discharge lounges across Cornwall, from pyjamas to biscuits.

Face visors, iPads and jigsaws are among the other items being given to health staff and patients across the Duchy.

The discharge lounges have been set up in hotels which are currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

They are now being used as safe spaces for patients who have been discharged from hospital but are not yet ready to go home.

Residents have been well looked after with numerous donations of clothing and medical supplies.

Tesco Extra in Pool donated over £200 worth of goods to support residents who arrived without essentials such as pyjamas and slippers.

Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital donated a selection of medical supplies and extra hearing aids.

At the Penventon Hotel a call went out on Facebook for donations of resources from the local area.

They received a high volume of items to help keep guests entertained, including a wide selection of books, jigsaws, colouring materials, playing cards and much more. 

They also received a package of letters written by local schoolchildren and residents have spent time responding to each letter, which has lifted their spirits at a difficult time.

Some of the other generous donations include face visors which have been made and donated by Tretharras School, allowing our community teams and those working at the discharge lounges to continue to safely care for people. 

“Thank you so much to Phil and Jane from Tretharras School for the kind donation of visors to help us provide safe care to our residents.

"We have been overwhelmed with the generosity and support they and many other have shown us during this time.”

Mandy Blight works with the Corcare team

The Community Care Services team has also been well looked after with food and treats being delivered by Redruth Community Trust and Feeding the Frontline – all very much appreciated by the hard-working carers.

Volunteer Cornwall also made a delivery of biscuits for everyone at the Penventon Hotel to celebrate International Nurses Day.

“The discharge lounges have been life-changing for many of our residents, allowing them to rest and recuperate in a safe and comfortable environment.

"I’d like to thank the hotels for quickly adapting their services and facilities and for supporting our teams to help care for residents.

"The generosity of the local community has been astounding and both the guests and our dedicated team of Carers have appreciated every single donation – thank you.” 

Alison Waller, Managing Director of Care Community Services

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