Message from Sarah Balchin. Head of Patient Experience QA Hospital:
“Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Patient Experience Charity has been launched! We work closely with patients, families, carers and members of our local community to understand what really matters most to them and aim to support developments which make a positive difference.
This includes fundraising :
- For specialist projects to provide the little added extras to make life a little easier or more comfortable. For example, we have set up a Carers Café, a place where family carers of people who are in hospital, can have a bit of space and time, a cup of tea and friendly ear, and access to advice and information.
- To support our patient and community representative partners to access training and development opportunities as we continue to grow their roles in developing and monitoring our services.
- For specialist equipment for some of our most vulnerable patients. This includes a communication aid for people with a variety of communication difficulties to help them express how they are feeling and what they would like to do.
Today we were delighted to receive a cheque for an amazing £500 from Lee Wiltshire and Jan Harris of Carillion! This means we can now provide complementary therapies to family carers at our Carers Café.
But this is only the beginning..
On 26 August, Sally Sines, Chair of the Patient Family and Carer Collaborative will be abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower. Sally, who lives with Parkinson’s Disease, is a passionate advocate for patient involvement and played a key role in the Trust winning the MES Engagement Champion Award 2017. You can support Sally at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ – Sally Sines.
Watch this space for more info and how you can get involved!
Thank you all for your ongoing support in helping us achieve our ultimate goal, improving the experience for every patient, family member and carer.