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Coronavirus: Whittington Health launch crowdfunding drive to support staff wellbeing

PUBLISHED: 10:15 23 March 2020 | UPDATED: 08:29 24 March 2020

The Whittington Hospital in North London. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Whittington Hospital in North London. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The Whittington Health NHS Trust has launched a crowdfunding page to help provide support to its staff who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

A Whittington Hospital staffer with donated pizza. Picture: Whittington HealthA Whittington Hospital staffer with donated pizza. Picture: Whittington Health

The Archway hospital trust, given a “good” CQC rating last week, has created the page for public donations to its staff during the fight against the virus.

Tony Rice, chair of the trust’s charitable funds said: “Our staff are currently working around the clock to ensure that all of our patients, including those with Covid-19 receive the safe, effective and compassionate care. This means having to work longer shifts than usual and additional pressure and stress.

“We want to use the money donated to provide the little comforts that our staff have told us would make their lives easier during this challenging time. For example we could look to hire a massage therapist to come and provide short relaxation sessions for staff to take advantage of during their precious rest breaks. Ultimately, the more that we can raise the more support and comfort we can provide. We are so grateful for all of the public’s support.”

As the hospital’s efforts to take on coronavirus began, we spoke to Dr Maria Goddard, a GP there, about how services had transformed and how to help rough sleepers during the epidemic.

And some have already been making hospital staff feel special - one mysterious benefactor sent free pizza to emergency and intensive care staff.

Holloway Road restaurant Berto also donated 50 hot meals on Monday, while Dalston bakery The Dusty Knuckle took along bread.

To support the hospital crowdfunder, visit justgiving.com/campaign/supportwhittington.

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