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Friends of Daisy Hill donate emergency clothing to help those in need

The Southern Health Trust has been able to purchase a supply of new nightwear and warm jogging suits to help those patients most in need – thanks to the Friends of Daisy Hill Hospital.

Edel Corr, Patient Support Manager for the Southern Trust, said they were always trying to find ways to improve patient experience and, where possible, help to make their hospital stay as comfortable and dignified as possible.

She added: “Sadly we do have some homeless patients and others who live alone who don’t have anyone to get them clean clothes so we are delighted to be able to provide them with good fitting, functional nightwear rather than the traditional hospital gown.

“We also have many patients who come to our Emergency Departments who need their clothes to be cut off for clinical reasons or if they are heavily soiled and of course we have a large number of older, frail patients who we want to make sure are discharged safely and kept warm.”

The Trust is also very grateful to the Newry Lions Club, which kindly donates wash bags to Daisy Hill Hospital for those patients who do not have their own toiletry supplies.

Edel added: “As everyone is well aware, the public funding the Trust receives must be prioritised for vital medical supplies, so we are delighted that through very generous donations from local people and through the great work of charities like the Lions Club and the Friends of Daisy Hill Hospital, we have been able to enhance patient comfort in this way.”

The service is also available to those patients who need it at Craigavon Area Hospital thanks to donations from the public.

Picture: Ronan Carroll, Southern Trust Assistant Director for Acute Services, Ursula Haughey, Clinical Sister, Daisy Hill’s Stroke Rehab Ward and Edel Corr, Patient Support Manager thank Ronnie O’Hare and Vera McGahan from the Friends of Daisy Hill Hospital who are funding a supply of new nightwear and jogging suits for those patients most in need.

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