This week reports have been significantly better in terms of deaths within the UK. However, hospital admissions are still high and we mustn’t forget that. Staff members across the UK including those at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) are working tirelessly each day and night to keep our friends and family safe. The cleaners, porters, administrators, caterers and all those clinical workers are essential to tackling this virus and keeping the NHS wheel turning.
This week we have been sent amazing gifts to help give staff members that added boost they so deserve. We would like to say a huge thank you to those who have donated gifts this week and over the last weeks, they really do mean a lot!
Kelloggs, for donations lots of boxes of Special K to our staff members
Innocent Drinks, for donating their healthy smoothies to give them an added energy boost
This week ex staff member and local fundraiser Lisa Pim, delivered handmade care packs to our staff members filled with treats. Sandwiches, biscuits, cupcakes, fruit… you name it they received it. They were distributed across the trust and the response was incredible. Staff members were so thankful and excited to have a treat. We cannot thank Lisa and the team that supported her to build these packs enough. It really does help motivate our staff members!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Brett Ellis staff member and fundraiser within ROH. Brett is an active fundraiser and is always trying new ways to support our charity. Since the start of lockdown Brett has continued to source gifts for the trust. This has resulted in gifts of thousands of chocolate bars, chewing gum and much more. Its so admirable to see that NHS staff are actively supporting their organisations too, Brett is just one of the many staff members at ROH who are fundraising whilst working.
Yet again Critical Care Sister Natalie Jackson continues to work long stressful shifts as well as organise donations for staff members at ROH. Natalie is one of the many staff members at the ROH tending to the needs of both suspected and confirmed COVID patients. She uses this as a motivator to keep the donations flowing. Her experience means that she can empathise with how hard it is to be on the frontline, all she wants to do is help make NHS staff smile again.
Read all about our other NHS fundraising heroes in our previous blog post!
Everyone at the The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been going over and above, in their work, in patient care, in the extra hours they are giving, in the compassion they are showing for others and in how they are helping the hospital manage during this difficult period. Everyone deserves recognition for their contribution and we want to thank all the staff members working hard throughout the trust..
We would also like to shine a light on all those staff members who have supported us, while continuing with their day job! Between them, they have raised an incredible £6,000 which has supported staff and patients. These are amazing acts of kindness! I’m sure you’ll join us in saying a huge thank you to them.
Brett, Medical Education Manager, has a long history of supporting our charity by running and taking part in fundraising events. Since lockdown, Brett has gone out of his way to provide freebies to our organisation through a portal called GemsAtWork. This has resulted in protein shakes, chewing gum, protein bars, Galaxy chocolate and more. These has all been distributed across the organisation, in order to help you have the added boost you all need.
Olivia, newly qualified staff nurse went out of her way to produce care packages for our patients who are struggling to get their daily supplies. Olivia set up her own GoFundMe page and proceeded to raise over £1400 for her cause, which resulted in over 230 care packages distributed to patients across the organisation.
“my mom has been given one of our packages, thank you so much, she thought it was lovely and has helped her at what has been a really difficult time – you are an angel” Patients mother,
Olivia’s support has provided extra support to patients across the organisation in a really special way. It has meant so much to many patients especially as many of them have been unable to see their loved ones for some time.
Natalie, Critical Care Sister, has been fundraising for ROH staff support since April. Natalie set up a GoFundMe page after having a stressful day visiting COVID-19 positive patients. She saw the financial and mental stress her fellow workers are experiencing everyday.
“There are strict infection control and prevention guidelines in place which we have to adhere to once we have cared for a COVID 19 patient. We have to have a shower once that care has finished either at the end of the shift or before we attend another patient.”
Natalie raised over £1000 for the trust and continued to make up care packs for each area. These included washing facilities to ensure staff who had to shower regularily atleast had a nice product to use, hand creams to help support staff with very saw handed from all the washing and alcohol used as well as sweet goodies to give them that added boost.
Nearly two months on, Natalie still continues to add to these packages, sourcing and delivering new donations each week. We cannot thank her enough for her support, it has meant that many staff within the organisation have left a shift feeling slightly more boosted than they would have otherwise and that really does mean a lot.
Gemma, administrator for the Infection Control Team decided to build her own fundraiser to support the organisation. As a fully qualified make up artist, she wanted to use her skills and facebook followers to give something back to ROH.
“I want to help give something back to ROH staff by raising as much as I can to say thank you and make some smiles as they have been working day and night to help those who are still in need of medical care in this time but some have also caught this horrible virus too.”
Gemma organised a Facebook Live make up session with her first ever rainbow look and raised over £120 towards our cause. We cannot thank Gemma enough for going out of her way to support us, and for recognising the hard work of all the staff members throughout the organisation.
Trudy, housekeeper and avid fundraiser has been going out of her way to ensure staff within the organisation we getting all the gifts and donation they deserve.
Trudy has been organising donations from her local community and supporting Natalie’s appeal to support staff within the organisation. Thanks to her help, we have received over 30 tubes of The Body Shop hand cream, over 80 packets of biscuits, even more toiletries and lots of chocolate. All an amazing pick me up for the staff supporting this outbreak.
Again, we cannot express out thanks enough to Trudy, who like all our fundraiser are still working within the hospital throughout this pandemic.
Mr Deshmukh, took it upon himself to build his own fundraiser, supporting the @NHSCharitiesTogether COVID-19 appeal. Mr Deshmukh managed to raise over £1,455.00 including gift aid. Absolutely incredible.
The NHS Charities Together COVID-19 appeal is incredibly important to all us NHS Charities. It means we are able to further support staff and patients through this complex time. The appeal has meant we have been able to support patients and staff in a way we couldn’t have before. We have given care packs to staff filled with goodies, as well as purchased new sensory items for patients as well as ipads for those who desperately want to videocall their loved ones.
We are so thankful to Mr Deshmukh for helping to support and advertise this truly life changing appeal.
If you know someone within the organisation going above and beyond to support staff and patients. Email firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to know how they are helping and make sure they get the recognition they deserve.
Its been another tough week for NHS staff across the country, as well as those working at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. We have been working hard to ensure every staff member feels supported. The gifts and donations we are receiving are giving them that added boost they all deserve!
This week we would like to say a big thank you to those who have given gifts for or staff members, these have been distributed across the hospital and everyone was so grateful!
Sainsburys Northfield, for gifting 300 doughnuts for our Nurses and ODP day celebrations
Katie Young from Katie Michelle Nail Salon, for gifting pamper packs for our staff members
Chung Ying Restaurant, for donating hot meals to our physiotherapy team
Avon, for donating hand creams to our frontline staff
The NHS Charities Together COVID-19 appeal is incredibly important to all us NHS Charities. It means we are able to further support staff and patients through this complex time. You can support the appeal by texting your message of support £5 to the #OneMillionClaps campaign. Simply text CLAP & your message of support to 70507 to donate £5.
Singer Alex Lleo held his first fundraiser this week, raising money to support the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital after his Nan was cared for by the trust. Several weeks ago, the hospital treated Alex’s grandmother for a fractured hip. She also contracted COVID-19 following the operation and was treated in an isolation ward. On seeing the care, courage and compassion for his Nan and the ongoing need for vital equipment, Alex decided to livestream a performance to fundraise for the Trust. You can find Alex Lleo on facebook, here. We will be announcing the amount raised very soon! https://www.facebook.com/alexlleomusic/
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Sister Natalie Jackson, who continues to organise donations to the trust and distribute them to key clinical areas. We cannot thank her enough.
Yet again, we would like to say a huge thank you to those who have supported us over the whole of this unique period. Your acts of kindness are boosting morale and helping to keep stress levels down for those who are working hard on the front line.
Gifts in kind
This week we would like to say a huge thank you to the following, for donating gifts in kind that mean so much:
Gems at work for donating Chewing gum & masses of Galaxy Vegan Chocolate for our staff members
Local resident Sue for donating hand-made washable uniform bags
John Lewis for donating care packages to our Large Joints Secretarial Team
Vitabiotics for donating vitamin D support to staff members
Leasowes High School who created and donated PPE equipment to staff members
Watan Kashmiri Restaurant for donating hot meals to our facilities & domestic staff
A huge thank you goes out to NHS Charities Together and everyone who has contributed to their COVID-19 appeal, as well as Alleyn’s school who donated a huge £10,000 to us. These donations have enabled us to give so much more support to Patients and Staff during this time.
This week Staff Wellbeing packs were distributed to all working within the trust to say thank you. Included was lots of goodies, vouchers for our café as well as supportive information.
Find out how we are utilising your donations to support patients and staff at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. Simply click here.
Sister Natalie yet again amazes us with her support in gathering donations and distributing across the hospital. Please help us in saying thank you for her amazing work, we couldn’t be more grateful.
Nathan Samuels, featured on NHS Heroes on Channel 4, is holding a facebook & Instagram live DJ set on Saturday in order to raise money for our cause. Check out his page @DJAycee7 to find out more.
Mr Deshmukh, Consultant at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and fundraiser will be live streaming his own fundraising event on the 10th May in order to raise money for the NHS Charities Together, COVID-19 appeal. Check out his Justgiving page to find out more.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day brought to encourage giving in light of the current global crisis. We would like to say a huge thank you to those who have supported us over the last few weeks through these unprecedented times.
We have received over £55,000 worth of support which has meant we are able to support patients and staff in ways we haven’t been able to before.
Here are some examples of how we have been able to support them:
We have funded numerous Ipads to be distributed across our wards so that patients can video-call loved ones. This has given patients an added boost to help them feel more positive about their hospital stay, helped to make people feel less anxious and also helped families feel more at ease.
We have sourced additional sensory equipment for patients experiencing severe anxiety, memory loss and confusion. This equipment has been able to help soothe these patients. Ward staff have been playing music from different eras to help soothe patients and it has proven to really lift spirits.
We are very aware of the stress staff members working at the hospital are experiencing at the moment. Many of whom who are in direct contact with potential or confirmed COVID-19 cases. Today we have delivered well-being packs to staff members to help show them we care. These are filled with goodies to help boost their morale at the current time. Chocolate, hot drink sachets, mental health information and vouchers for our in-house café.
We are also looking at supporting the following over the next few weeks:
Online platforms for patient support with physiotherapy needs
Another week of lockdown and yet another week of tremendous generosity from our community. The public, patients, staff members; you name it everyone has got involved. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the below for supporting us during this time.
Gifts in kind received this week:
Cadbury World, for donating 3000 Easter eggs to our staff
Loft25 for donating surgical gowns and overalls
Innocent drinks for donating 2000 drinks to our staff members
Cakeyourday_x for donating cupcakes to our physiotherapy team
The Work Perk for donating Iced coffee sachets for our staff members
Chung Ying food for donating hot meals to our staff members
Inspired By Hope for donating 800 sets of surgical scrubs
Wild Nutrition for donating immune support supplements
Halfpenny Vineyards for donating a huge food hamper to staff on ward 10 & 12
The Punchbowl for donating sweet treats
Akrams for donating hot meals to our physio team
As part of the monies received from NHS Charities Together as well as your amazing donations we will be distributing care packs to every staff member working within the hospital next week. This is a great way for us to say thank you to them for their hard work, and make sure they know they are appreciated by their community
We’d like to say a huge thank you to staff member and fundraiser Gemma for live streaming her very own Rainbow makeup tutorial on Saturday 25th April 2020. She managed to raise an incredible £130 through sharing her new makeup look with her followers, and we couldn’t be happier.
Sister Natalie has yet again been distributing donations to ward areas across the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in order to give staff members that added boost they all need. Natalie has managed to raise her target of £1000, which has been distributed to the ward and frontline areas in essential supplies. Toiletries, vitamins and sweet treats to give them an added boost. All this has been done whilst Natalie is working as a full-time nurse at the trust and a family at home. Simply incredible.
We can’t thank her enough for her generosity and motivation during this time.
Its week two of our Thankful Friday blog. This week we have been yet again, been blown away with the generosity of our community!
We would like to say a huge thank you to the following:
Cottage Indian restaurant, for supplying hot food to staff
Midlands NHS Uniform bags and headbands (@NHSBagsnBands) for distributing their products across the hospital,
Frontline coffee, for supplying 100 bags of coffee,
The Work Perk, for supplying 100 sanctuary spa body wash bottles,
Childs farm, for supplying body lotion and body wash,
Louis Vuitton in Selfridges for supplying our staff cupcakes,
We’d also like to say a huge thank you our fundraisers:
Sister Natalie Jackson for continuing to distribute washing facilities and treats to staff across the organisation from her GoFundMe Page.
Staff Nurse Olivia has distributed over 230 patient care packages this week thanks to the donations and support received from her GoFundMe page. She’s officially closed her page for now, in order to focus on nursing, but we are going to continue her hard work by continuing to distribute goodies to patients!
Thank you to every person who has supported us through this time, we are beyond grateful!
Find out how you can support us through the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
We are on week three of lock down and have experienced an overwhelming amount of support from our local community. This week especially we have been inundated with gifts and we couldn’t be more thankful.
We’d like to shine a spotlight on those who have been hugely generous this week, to show our appreciation:
Diane Olalla, for donating handmade uniform bags and fiddle blankets for patients.
Trophystore.co.uk for donating hundreds of Haribo Starmix
Iceland Acocks Green for donating sweet treats
Staff member Trudy, for rallying support within her community in order to supply treats and extra washing supplies to staff at ROH.
BidFood for donating 1000 Easter eggs
The Wax Company, for donating hand and body wash as well as hand lotion for all our staff to enjoy.
Emma Frost at the Body Shop, for donating over 30 tubes of hand cream.
Biscuits and chocolates donated by Tracey Stanford
Fundraiser Beth Robin who donated cotton uniform bags
Gems At Work, for donating 400 Easter eggs and 600 Kind Snack bars.
Krispy Kreme for donating masses of doughnuts
Summer House Bar & Grill for donating 1000 Easter eggs
PerksatWork for donating over 800 protein shakes
All these amazing gifts have been distributed to patients and staff across the hospital, and we have many more to come next week.
Distributing these gifts has given the whole hospital a sense of community, morale is boosted and smiles have been spread, all because of the support you have given us. After a long stressful shift or a lonely day without visitors, these gifts mean so much.
In order to ensure all this are utilised appropriately, we decided to gifts some of the above to fellow emergency workers at Bournvile Police Station and Northfield Fire Station. West Midlands police will be distributing these to children in the community throughout the next week.
Fundraisers Olivia & Natalie have continued to wow us by publicising their appeals in the wider community. Both have been able to engage the local press on their fundraising venture’s and has had an amazing response. Check out their pages by visiting our COVID-19 support page.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed, donated and fundraised for us during this team. We are so grateful.
Staff members Natalie and Olivia have taken the world by storm with their fundraising in the last month, between them raising nearly £2000 to support staff and patients at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
Both are clinical members of staff directly working with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases, yet have found the time to support us outside of work, a very commendable thing to do.
Sister Natalie’s passion for fundraising ignited after the new infection control regulations came into place whereby staff members were told to shower after caring for any confirmed or suspected case. She realised that for a lot of people this could be financially straining; using up their toiletries on a daily or weekly basis. Of course, the trust provided showering essentials, however many staff members preferred not to use these and put the trust under further financial restraint. This drove her to build a GoFundMe page and proceeded to make staff essential baskets filled with showering essentials as well as a few treats for each clinical area.
“Trust me when I say we are just as scared as the general population, especially bringing it home to our loved ones but we are needed. So we continue to do what we do best – go to work and smile. We care for your loved ones as if they were our own”
Sister Natalie Jackson
Olivia opened her GoFundMe page after having a conversation with a patient in isolation who was upset that they couldn’t get their daily essentials from their family. New toiletries and their daily newspaper, all because they were no longer able to receive visitors. Olivia proceeded to appeal to her local community and received an overwhelming response.
“Sometimes all it takes is something small to make their day a bit brighter and a little less scary – they don’t even get to see another smile with all the protective gear!”
Staff Nurse Olivia O’Connell
We have been overwhelmed with their commitment to support their fellow staff members and the patients they see every day, through what is a really difficult time for a lot of people.
We would like to say a huge thank you both these amazing fundraisers, and to anyone who contributed to either appeals, your support really does mean so much!
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital recently took the decision to help refurbish patient bathrooms bearing in mind the increase in both diagnosed and undiagnosed dementia across the region. The Throne Project launched in 2018, and raised a huge £11,000 to support the redesign of patient bathrooms across the hospital.
The idea stemmed from ROH Senior Occupational Therapist
Tracey Gilbert, who saw a need within the hospital to make subtle changes to
bathrooms to make patients feel more comfortable. The ROH Charitable Fund
became involved as the changes needed were non-compulsory but something
patients would benefit from.
The changes included altering colours to ensure contrast
within the rooms which would help the visually impaired, those with anxiety and
patients living with dementia.
Alzheimers UK said:
“Using bright and contrasting colours for furniture and furnishings helps
patients with dementia see things more easily. Avoid blue and green on flooring
as this can be mistaken for water or grass.”
Floor colours were changed from the original blue in order
to alleviate anxiety. Hand rails and bathroom aids were changed to be brighter
and bolder, which were a great contrast to the pastel light blue walls, white
tiles and grey floor. New bathroom signage was put up showing patients in both
picture and text form whether the bathroom had a shower and toilet or just one
of the two.
Whilst completing the project, the Trust decided to add on
additional equipment to help patients with dementia feel supported throughout
their hospital journey, not just in the bathrooms. Dementia-friendly clocks
were purchased and put in every bay and side room in the hospital, and hospital
signage was reviewed to keep consistency. Additionally, wartime scrapbooks and
chatterbox cards from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s were purchased to help provide
mental stimulation and encourage conversation for both the elderly, those
suffering memory loss and patients with dementia.
As a small hospital, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital doesn’t
see a large percentage of dementia patients compared to the other trusts in the
area. However, they are committed to the constant need to adapt and change to
support and enhance hospital experiences for everyone where possible.
Tracey Gilbert said: “This is a great example of improving patient experience. It may not be in-your-face or have the wow factor but it really does help our patients feel supported.”
David Gourevitch, Chair of the ROH Charitable Funds said: “We were very grateful to have been involved in funding the project and look forward to hearing the positive feedback from the changes made.”