Skanska donates iPads to help patients
The Woking office of Skanska has kindly donated two brand new iPads to the Hospices. The technology will make it easier for patients to keep in touch with their loved ones abroad when admitted to the ward. The idea came after a patient was very upset he couldn’t contact his only daughter, who was on holiday in Australia, to update her on his condition. One of the nurses had her own iPad with her, and lent it to the patient so he could communicate with his daughter for free over the internet using “facetime”.
We are very grateful for the donation, which will make a huge different to those of our patients who haven’t got their loved ones nearby. Often a patient is separated from loved ones for a variety of reasons and although face timing won’t be appropriate on every occasion, it is a wonderful option to have.
It was Counselling Manager Susie Baker, who spotted the potential of the technology, and Corporate Fundraiser Anita Avery therefore approached the Skanska office in Woking, which has supported the Hospices since 2012. They were quick to respond and within days Becki Taylor and Gill Johnson from Skanska handed over the two new iPads to the clinical team at Woking Hospice.
In the photo from the left: PA to Skanska’s Managing Director, Gill Anderson, Deputy Ward Manager, Amanda Jaimon, Health Care Assistant, Wendy Coffey and Skanska Office Manager, Becki Taylor.
If you have items you would like to donate to the Hospices, please see our page on Donating Goods.