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Kindhearted team members on F2 now offering comfort baskets for relatives, carers and friends of patients in their time of need

Date: 24 February 2020

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It can be heartbreaking sitting next to your loved one when they are in hospital and very unwell. Having to face losing them is one of the most difficult challenges you will ever experience.

Senior Sister Marianne Treagust said the team on F2 had been thinking for a while about how they could further support relatives, carers and friends staying by the side of their loved one at the end of their life. So she came up the idea of a “comfort basket.” Marianne explained that people in their patient group “can be especially vulnerable, particularly when they have been together for many years and are facing losing their life long companion.”

Marianne and her colleagues thought about what they would appreciate if they were in that position and decided on some toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, wet wipes, tissues, combs, flannel and towels. A cosy blanket, eye mask, lavender “calming spray” and a radio/CD player are also in the basket. The team also hope to get some small cushions to help make the armchairs more comfortable. They do also offer the use of a fold away bed for night-time.

Currently, the baskets are only for F2 Ward and they will be given to the next of kin who find themselves sat at the bedside of their loved one, alone and with little or no family/friend support. The team hopes that this gesture will provide a little comfort during a very distressing time.

These are important for Marianne. She said: “They don’t want to lose that person, so if we can try to make it a little bit more comfortable for them then that’s the least we can do. She also says it’s important to “care for the family, not just the patient as they’re all going through it.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation is asked to do so directly to F2 Ward.

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