For many, a visit to the hospital is rarely something we want to do, luckily for us we got to view the workings of a hospital in a completely different light. Our team had the pleasure of being invited along to Russells Hall Hospital where we were able to see first-hand, how the Intouch Games donation made last year during the pandemic has contributed to help support healthcare workers and patients.
We were given a tour by the Charity team who walked us around a small number of different departments in the hospital. Whilst an emotional visit, it was incredibly eye opening to see how much effort the NHS teams put into creating an environment that both patients and staff can feel comfortable in.
Diane Wake Chief Executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust said ‘the donation we received from Intouch Games supported the Trusts covid recovery which went towards staff wellbeing initiatives such as care packages, thank you gifts and outdoor spaces. The funding has also supported medical equipment as well as specialist furniture which enhance the experience of our patients.’
The team shared that when they asked their NHS staff what they wanted most in their work environment, it became apparent that they needed a dedicated quiet space to have their break. With many COVID regulations in place – it wasn’t always feasible for all the staff to take their lunch break in the designated canteen space that is shared with patients due to social distancing.
The Maternity Department in particular. currently have a small staff room for the number of staff on shift at any one time. After listening to the teams, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust supported by The Dudley Group NHS Charity will be using some of our donation to create a dedicated wellbeing space for the maternity department staff. The teams wanted a ‘comfy sofa’, a place to lock away their phones in charging pods, as well as a calming space to reset after a difficult day!
The Trust is also purchasing a second birthing pool for the maternity department using our donation, the goal is to bring every room in the ward to life through, not just with specialist equipment, but through design too!
The Trust also wanted a separate space where they can hold wellbeing workshops, talks and activities for all staff. Thanks to our donation and others made to the charity during the pandemic plans to create a new staff only wellbeing hub are underway.
Simon Wilson, Owner of Intouch Games shared ‘we are incredibly proud to be a part of this development for the hospital and we can’t wait to see the finished result later this year.’
Thank you to the staff at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, for keeping us safe. We look forward to working together more in the future.