Hospital trusts thank local communities and launch new system to help streamline donation process

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Hospital trusts thank local communities and launch new system to help streamline donation process
10 April 2020

Hospital teams across Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford that form the Northern Care Alliance (NCA) have thanked their local communities for the generous donations that are flooding in during the Covid19 crisis.

Staff at Royal Oldham, Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield and Salford Royal are continuing to receive a significant number of generous donations from local businesses, schools, colleges, public sector partners and individuals, to help support them through the Covid19 crisis.

From Easter eggs to personal care items, sweets and treats to personal protective equipment,  teams are being inundated with contributions that are being gratefully received and distributed across our wards and departments, boosting morale and helping  to bring a smile to the faces of thousands of patients and staff every day. 

In a bid to make it easier for members of the public and local businesses to donate to the NCA, the teams at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, have set up dedicated drop off points at each of its hospitals to enable donations to be received effectively and distributed across NCA sites including Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and Salford Royal.

Generosity

Steve Brookes, Head of Business Development for Northern Care Alliance explains: “We have received an unprecedented number of donations since the start of the Covid19 crisis, demonstrating how kind, generous and thoughtful our local communities and businesses are.

“It’s fantastic that people want to help us in this way, and so we want to make it easier for people to donate, and for our staff to receive and distribute the goods, so we’ve created space on each site for donations to be dropped, received, collated and distributed.

“I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone who has donated so far, and to those who continue to donate, your generosity is appreciated and we are so very grateful.”

Donations contact details for each site are below, along with guidelines for any organisation or individual who wishes to donate Personal Protective Equipment and information about how to make cash donations.

Cash donations

For individuals and businesses wanting to make a financial contribution, details of how to donate can be found on the charity pages on the websites for Pennine Acute Hospitals and Salford Royal Hospital. Under the current lock down policy, to reduce any potential risk to the public or staff in our cashiers offices, electronic payments or payments by cheque would be recommended. Cash donations are currently being prioritised for Covid19 requirements, however if individuals would prefer to dedicate their cash contribution to a separate appeal or fund this is also possible by contacting the Fundraising team at either charity@pat.nhs.uk for Pennine Acute, or charity@srft.nhs.uk for Salford Royal. 

How do I make a donation of items to my local hospital?

Food, drink and toiletries

Donations to Royal Oldham Hospital

  • Delivery: Due to current limited resource/storage capacity, delivery of donations should be by arrangement only using the email address below. Wherever possible drop offs should be arranged on Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 3pm
  • Contact: Amanda Nicholls
  • Email: Amanda.nicholls@pat.nhs.uk

Donations to Bury Fairfield

Donations to Rochdale Infirmary

  • Location: Quarry Street Entrance (Outpatients Entrance), Block 10, Level ‘C’ (Jefferson Corridor), Room C2220 (Old Kitchens)
  • Contact: Denise Scoular, Jamie Kennedy or Annette Walsh
  • Email: RochdaleSilver@pat.nhs.uk
  • Phone: 01706 517167

Donations to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

  • Location: Pathology Seminar Room 2, Ground Floor, Mayo Building, 
  • Weekdays – 8am – 3.30pm
  • Weekends – 9.30am – 1pm
  • Contact: Wendy Hanbridge
  • Email: Wendy.Hanbridge@srft.nhs.uk

Personal Protective Equipment Donations

All PPE donations are being collated and distributed across Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust from the Resilience Centre at Royal Oldham Hospital. If you have a donation of PPE you would like to make please drop at the Resilience Centre, Westhulme Street, Oldham, OL1 2PN.

Our guidelines around accepting PPE are the same as the national guidelines issued by NHSE, and state that PPE should:

  • identify the manufacturer,
  • where available, identify the CE number
  • if the item is imported, any instructions/information to be in English language
  • make it clear what type of mask / what standard of protection the equipment offers,
  • include the ingredients for items such as hand sanitizer
  • identify whether the equipment is sterile,
  • clarify any lead times and the volumes that are being offered. 
  • Advise on suitable decontamination arrangements if the item is re-usable PPE