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Former Torbay nurse donates iPads to help Cover patients stay in touch with loved ones

Aimee Hilton (left) pictured with her father James, who has now passed away. Picture credits: Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust

A loving nurse, who's father passed away from COVID-19, whilst in hospital is raising money to provide iPads to patients who are unable to see their families whilst in hospital.

Aimee Hilton decided to launch the fundraiser, after keeping in contact with her father James who died while in hospital and she was unable to visit him in person.

She's said despite not being able to be with him in person, being able to video call him was still "incredibly special" and allows families to still provide "visual reassurance" to their loved ones who are in hospital.

Aimee's since raised just shy of £8,000 to buy digital tablets that have gone towards Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

(Staff at Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust (pic credits) accepting the iPad donations)

The iPads also include Attend Anywhere software that allows patients to engage in video consultations with health professionals instead of face-to-face meetings.

Aimee was moved to raise funds for the pieces of tech, after video-calling her father for six hours until the battery went flat.

She said:

"Being able to Skype was an incredibly emotional process and meant I could be with him. 

"I couldn't hold his hand or brush his hair but he was talking to me and able to see his grandchildren play.

"I could be there via a video screen and that was incredibly special.

"We sat with him and played music and reassured him when he opened his eyes."

Lisa Houlihan, Interim Associate Director Nursing (Urgent Care) with the Trust, said:

“These iPads offer a ‘communication lifeline’ for many patients who are required to be in isolation, and therefore miss out on vital interpersonal contact with friends and family.

"Whilst a phone call is always possible, they allow patients to not only speak directly with their loved ones but be able to see them, and makes the interaction so much more meaningful for the patients and the loved one who would dearly love to visit them. 

“This visual reassurance alongside the verbal one has been so valuable to many patients who miss their families and whose family can’t be with them for a multitude of reasons.

“This is a truly kind and valuable donation which we know our patients and their loved ones will benefit from greatly. 

"Thank you from all the team here at Torbay Hospital.”

If you want to support Aimee's fundraiser, you can do so by clicking here.

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