The tablets donated by the defence firm will allow patients and their families to communicate whilst visiting restrictions are in place.
Chief Nurse John Stuart said:
“We are so grateful for this generous donation. On behalf of both staff & patients we extend thanks & appreciation.”
A BAE Systems spokesperson told the UK Defence Journal via e-mail:
“We are delighted to have made a donation of 40 tablet devices to support patients and staff of the NHS Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Queen Elizabeth Hospitals in Glasgow. These devices will help patients in isolation remain in contact with family and friends and provide a vital connection to what matters most in their lives. This follows donations of over 9,000 face shields straight to NHS hospitals and trusts, hospices and care homes across Scotland where they are of most value.”
John Stuart, NHS GGC’s chief nurse (North Sector), said:
“We are so grateful to our friends at BAE Systems for this generous donation. These tablets will open up new opportunities for our patients to get online, use the internet and stay informed. Both here at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and at the Queen Elizabeth, our patients will get a great deal of enjoyment from the Kindle Fires. On behalf of both staff and patients within the GRI and QEU hospitals we extend our thanks and appreciation to BAE Systems.”
BAE Systems Naval Ships Managing Director Steve Timms said:
“We are really pleased that our donation of face shields and tablet devices will make a difference to the staff and patients at the hospitals and care homes in our communities. Like the rest of the country we have been struck by the bravery and commitment of our frontline health workers and the role that technology can play in helping patients connect with their loved ones. We are continuing to work with local charities and organisations to see where we can provide support where it’s needed most.”
A contact at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital said:
“These tablets will allow our patients to stay in contact with their loved ones at a time their loved ones aren’t permitted to visit the hospital, so this is ideal.”
The tablets were donated to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The Glasgow Royal Infirmary is a large teaching hospital with a capacity of around 1,000 beds and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is a 1,677 bed hospital. The QEUH is the largest hospital campus in Europe. It is also the largest single site employer in Scotland, the second being Faslane naval base.