Help provide COV-ID (Cove Eye Dee) badges

I'm an NHS critical care nurse working on the South coast of England.

Like so many of my colleagues, I am nursing COVID-19 patients.

These patients may be very ill; they are in unfamiliar surroundings and away from their loved ones.

Part of the care we provide is emotional support; personal contact is SO important, healthcare is a human endeavour.

But the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) we need to wear gets in the way.

Our patients cannot see our faces, our touch is impeded by wearing two or three pairs of gloves and our voices are muffled by masks.    All of this contributes to their feeling of anxiety.

So I came up with the COV-ID (#CoveEyeDee), a photo ID style badge designed to be worn on the front of PPE.

Wearing a COV-ID makes it easy for patients to see the name, the role and a lovely smiley photo of the person caring for them, this helps remove the barrier of the PPE, helps us better connect with patients.  You can find details at my website.

I'm producing these at home in the time I am not on duty. I have a printer and a laminator but my supplies of ink, paper, laminator pouches are limited.

I am seeking some financial help towards getting more supplies (such as ink, paper, laminator pouches, clips, envelopes)  and covering postage.

I will donate any funds that are not used for this to the charity of my hospital.

If you can help it would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

If you are a healthcare worker wearing all of the PPE and one of these IDs would help your patients, please get in touch with me and I will do my utmost to get one to you free of charge.

Twitter: @SamIAm_UK
E-mail: [email redacted]
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Samantha Margerison 
Hove, South East England, United Kingdom
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