9 July 2020

South West-based vacuum company Dyson has donated 50 iPads to support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The iPads have been distributed around Bristol city centre hospitals, including to the end of life care team and the chemotherapy ward. 

A Dyson spokesperson said: "The recent iPad donation is part of Dyson’s wider initiative to support local health services across Bath, Bristol and Swindon at this difficult time. The idea stemmed from an existing project led by the James Dyson Foundation, the company’s charitable arm, which refurbishes and donates used IT equipment to local schools.

"We hope the iPads will allow patients to keep in contact with their loved ones, aid communication with staff, as well as offer a source of entertainment during this challenging time."

As part of the Bristol City Centre Hospitals Appeal, a total of 78 tablets have been donated, allowing patients stay in touch with their loved ones and helping with staff training and development.

Jana McClelland, General Manager at South Bristol Community Hospital, said: "Over the last couple of months patients and staff have experienced significant difficulties during very trying times. Staff have been doing their absolutely best to continue to care for patients without the support their families due to the lack of visitation on the wards.

"Having access to iPads will be a great benefit to everyone. Staff will be able to support patients in communicating with their families and facilitate remote patient activities with various organisations (chaplaincy, carer's liaison support group, poetry sessions and more)."

If you are interested in giving a gift to staff or patients at Bristol's hospitals, email [email protected]