Mobile phones for outpatients funded by donations to our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal

On 19th June 2020
Categories: 2020

Maudsley Charity is helping Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust outpatients stay connected to vital mental health support as they receive treatment in their community. Each year the Trust provides local outpatient care to over 60,000 patients in south London and many of those supported by the Trust face multiple challenges and disadvantages, such as extreme financial hardship and social isolation.

The additional challenges Covid-19 presents means they have had to severely reduce the number of face to face appointments they can hold with community patients. Some of these patients are homeless, live in unsecure or temporary housing and have very limited access to technology. That is why are we are thrilled Maudsley Charity has been able to provide basic pay as you go mobile phones with sim cards and pre-loaded credit to outpatients, thanks to generous donations to our appeal.

The opportunity to provide those patients in most need with a mobile phone has enabled their clinical team to maintain contact with them and support them while they are unable to be seen in person. The phones are used to maintain regular contact with patients and ensure that they have access to a 24-hour freephone telephone helpline. These phones are essential for providing outpatients with continuous support during Covid-19.  

Urgent Appeal Grants

Grants given to NHS charities are used to meet the immediate and urgent needs of patients, staff and volunteers. Funding is also going towards helping partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, making sure patients leaving hospital have access to the care they need to recover. In the longer term it will also fund programmes to help staff and volunteers recover fully once the crisis has abated, reducing the long-term impact on them and the people they care about.

About the Urgent Appeal

The NHS Charities Together Urgent Appeal acknowledges and supports NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. It has been put together in liaison with NHS England and national bodies, our member NHS charities and national giving platforms. Click here to donate.

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