We’re raising money to support frontline staff at the Conquest Hospital during the Coronavirus, Covid 19, outbreak

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The Friends of Conquest Hospital, supported by East Sussex Healthcare Charitable Trust, have set up a fund for hospital staff wellbeing  for those hospital staff working through the coronavirus, covid 19, crisis. Some of whom may have to stay overnight at short notice. The Canteen and 1066 Cafe are still open but working restricted hours and whilst there are also vending machines the range and availability of food and drinks, especially after normal open times is sporadic. We are also providing these drinks and snacks free of charge as a thank you.

The Fund is focused on the following:

  • hot food and drinks, especially out of hours when these are not readily available
  • taxis, to help staff get to and from work if needed
  • home-care support for frontline staff with young families unable to attend school
  • Overnight toiletries packs for doctors and nurses having to stay over night

To date we have purchased a fridge, 2 microwaves and 4 kettles to help set up new staff Kitchenettes. We have purchased almost £400 of Food, drinks and snacks that have been distributed by Matron Chin Barton to front line staff. We are working with the Trust Management to set up a hub in the Hospital Chaplaincy which we will fill with stock that the Trust will then distribute amongst the staff working at the Hospital.

Those doctors and Nurses who have already received  complimentary drinks and snacks want to say a huge thank you and how much it’s appreciated.

The Conquest has partitioned its operating theatres and recovery bays into a Covid 19 treatment area and a “clean” area that will continue to offer emergency theatre work for as long as possible. It meant staff working in the clean area would not have access to the theatre kitchenette so we’ve provided so those staff can create a temporary space to still have access to food and snacks in their breaks.

The fund supports the 2,500+ staff working at the Conquest Hospital in this challenging time. Any help that you can give would be most gratefully received. We haven’t set a specific target as we don’t know how long the pandemic will impact the hospital. If there is any surplus at the end it will be put into the Friends of Conquest Hospital’s General Fund which is spent on purchasing extra medical equipment for Conquest Hospital.

As of 31st March 2020 we have raised. Thank you so much to everyone who’s donated.

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