About Me - Hello, my name is Claire. I work for the NHS as a nurse specialising in tropical and infectious diseases. I work on the infectious diseases wards at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. CoVID-19 - As you may have seen on the news in recent weeks, the Royal Liverpool Hospital has been hit the hardest during this pandemic. With over 460 patients admitted with CoVID-19, wards simply can’t keep up with the demand and are having to open overflow wards. Staff members are struggling to cope physically and mentally. On March 17th this year, whilst working a busy afternoon on the ward, my ward manager called me into her office to inform me that I was to be sent home and to stay home until further notice. From that day forward, Trust policy stated that pregnant women were to shield at home in order to protect themselves. To look back now and say I feel blessed and fortunate to have been sent home that day is an understatement! Why I Decided To Start This Fundraiser? It pains me everyday to hear what goes on at my workplace. Due to being a specialist ward, apart from the critical care department, we are the first point of contact for CoVID-19 patients. Staff members are trained rigorously in order to deliver the highest quality of care, to the best of their ability, to patients suffering from this terrible disease. Due to being in constant contact with my colleagues and managers, I hear of how the wards have to adapt to the ever changing circumstances on a daily basis. Each and everyone of them have caught CoVID-19 during this pandemic, some suffering from it worse than others. This ultimately puts more demand on them to help out with extra shifts in order to compensate for those who are self-isolating. Each day they put themselves at risk, potentially putting their own loved ones at risk too but they do it because they care about their patients and love their roles as nurses. My Aim - I want to give back to my department and hardworking colleagues. I want to do my part for them, to show them that they are appreciated 24/7 for all that they do. What Will Happen To Money Donated? All funds raised will be donated to both ward 3Y/3X. The goal is for the money: to provide better facilities for staff members. This will help to keep morale high, and hopefully improve mental health and strengthen team cohesion. to help towards new technology so that patients can constantly keep in touch with loved ones whilst isolated. to assist with the purchase of new medical equipment specific to the the tropical and infectious diseases wards To Conclude.... I understand that there are many fundraisers today that are ongoing in order to help the NHS, however mine is specific to one of the first point of contact departments in the worst hit hospital in at present. So I am pleading for YOU to donate to my cause today. YOU can make a BIG difference to this department at such a dismal time. Thank you for your support!
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Royal Liverpool University Hospital, North West England, United Kingdom