This is a request from the son of one of our long-standing supporters who told us that just this last week they were able to get four ready-to-use phones into the hands of a doctor who is working on a clinical trial for Covid-19 recovery, based at Charing Cross (website here and best explanation here). They are keen for more and we are set up with an efficient operation to reset and dispatch donated phones quickly.

Do you have an old tablet or phone lying around unused? If so, you can help patients in hospital communicate with their loved ones.

Due to COVID-19, hospitals have had to prohibit in-person visits for almost all wards. Many patients arrive at hospital without a phone or tablet to stay in touch with their families. In some cases, doctors and nurses have resorted to lending patients their own phones to call home during their last moments. This is a heart-breaking reality of the COVID situation.

London Rainbow are a small group of volunteers working with doctors and nurses to collect, repurpose, and deliver devices for London hospitals. So far, we have phones and tablets in action at Hammersmith, Lewisham, King’s College, Princess Royal and Queen Elizabeth Woolwich hospitals. Since last weekend we are supplying devices to Charing Cross hospital to support a clinical trial focused on aiding recovery from Covid-19.

We urgently need your help to meet this demand.

· Can you spare an old tablet or phone? You can arrange drop-off or collection using the link here https://forms.gle/NxDza3EjaQjuBpca6

· To learn more about the progress of London Rainbow or make a financial contribution to cover running expenses, visit https://opencollective.com/london-rainbow


FROM THE FRONTLINE … TESTING? (we are not naming the institution to protect NHS staff)

Just to give an anecdotal indication of how long it takes NHS staff to get tested:

One of our colleagues (an occupational therapy student)​ has been self-isolating since Wednesday, because a family member, who is also frontline NHS staff in acute mental health, was mildly symptomatic. It took her from Wednesday to Saturday to get tested, with a predicted wait of 3-5 days thereafter to get the result.


HELPING CHARITIES DURING COVID-19 CLOSURES

I had an old bike and replied to a request on Nextdoor for one. Not for sale but I asked for a donation to Trinity. The lovely lady who took the bike made a very generous donation! Don’t know if other unwanted items could be used to raise funds while charity shops are closed.

From CC