Ellon Rotary help to make ARI patients more comfortable
The Pyjama Fund has provided substantial support to patients in ARI over the years along with support from MADL (Making a Difference Locally) which raises money for local communities run by Nisa Retail.
During the last year it has become significantly more challenging for family and friends to provide their support physically and emotionally due to essential pandemic restrictions. In order to support patients further it has provided care packs to clinical areas which include:
Bags of toiletries for men and women who have not had time to put an overnight bag together before being whisked into hospital. Shampoo, Hairbrushes, tooth paste and brushes, deodorant, shower gel, razors, nail clippers and manicure sets. Phone chargers to help patients stay in touch with loved ones during their stay Kindle Fires have been provided to the Neurosciences departments giving virtual communication with loved ones but also access to apps providing mindfulness tools often essential for patent recovery. Radios have been supplied for the Burns and Plastics Unit providing valuable distraction therapy
This has been rolled out initially to seven wards within ARI as a trial and if successful it will look to supply other clinical areas.
The fund was set up by Jim Anderson and Ellon Rotary to provide additional home comforts for patients in hospital. Jim had a zest for life that saw him climb mountains all over the world.
His gear included jazzy colourful trousers that he wore whether he was climbing or not Jim spent considerable time in hospital and recognised how important it was for patients to feel as comfortable as possible during their stay. Jim’s daughter Lara, who runs R&I Neish in Peterhead has been able to source all the items and along with her friend, Jane Taylor who is a Senior Charge Nurse in ARI have been at the forefront of understanding the patient needs.
Ellon Rotary has been only too pleased to help.
If you would like to contribute visit www.facebook.com/ellonrotary