South Wales Freemasons have donated 100 tablet computers to local hospitals to ensure patients can keep in touch with their families
At this time, families of hospital patients are unable to visit their loved ones because of lockdown regulations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. With personal contact not currently possible, patients and families must resort to digital means to stay in touch, and for some they simply do not have this the facility. The provision of tablet computers to hospitals throughout south Wales will help keep families connected and help keep patients entertained during their stay in hospital.
Philip Bevan, who co-ordinated this donation in south Wales, said: 'A stay in hospital can be distressing for both patients and their families at the best of times but currently this must be even more so because patients can’t have visitors. Hopefully, these tablets can connect families at their time of need and relieve some of those feelings of distress.'
Mr Bevan delivered the tablets to three health boards – Swansea Bay, Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Cardiff & Vale – for hospitals within their areas.
Deborah Longman of Swansea Bay University Health Board said: 'Thank you so much for the tablet computers. These are really making a difference to our patients who are unable to have visitors at this time. It allows them to have valuable contact with their loved ones.'
Glenda Phillips of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: 'Your contribution means so much to patients and families to ‘virtually visit’ during the Covid-19 outbreak. The tablets also relieve boredom, aid stimulation, reminiscence, and support well-being. We are very grateful.'
Mark Calahane of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: 'Thank you for your organisation’s generosity and thoughtfulness at this challenging and too often very upsetting time.'