iPad donation to help patients stay connected with loved ones

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A donation of iPads from Wigan Council will help patients stay in touch with family and friends while in hospital.

The council’s IT team handed over 60 tablets to counterparts at Wigan Infirmary last week as public services continue to work in close partnership to tackle COVID-19.

The technology will help patients who are isolated for medical reasons keep in contact with those who are unable to visit in person.

Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux, said: “We have been saying from day one that it is very much a team effort and we are working hand-in-hand with all of our public service partners across the borough.

“I’m sure everyone would want to join me in thanking our frontline staff and echoing the continued support for our fantastic NHS staff.

“This donation will help provide reassurance for patients that they can stay connected with those close to them, which is vital in the current situation we find ourselves.”

The iPads will supplement another system set up at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust (WWL) to help families keep in touch.

From this week a dedicated mailbox has been established for patients via email.

The messages will then be printed and delivered to the ward, where possible.

Garry Harris, Acting Associate Director of Information Management and Technology said: “It is fantastic to be part of the WWL Tech Team, supporting the Trust’s front line staff.

“We are so proud that we can deploy this technology, which was so kindly donated by Wigan Council, in such a way to help patients keep in touch with their loved ones.This initiative will make such a positive difference to the lives of our patients and their families.”

Council and health service bosses continue to work in partnership for the benefit of residents across the borough as part of the COVID-19 response.

Wigan Council has set up a discharge unit at the Mercure Hotel, close to Wigan Infirmary, to help residents who have left hospital care recuperate before returning home.

For more information about Wigan Council’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and its community hubs, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/bekind

To send your message to your loved one, email [email protected]