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Specialist Senior Sister Kate Tantam tells of ‘Covid kindness’ from staff and the local community

Kate Tantam

Specialist Senior Sister in the Intensive Care Rehabilitation Team at University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP), Kate Tantam, has shared stories of the kindness she’s experienced during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kate explains that staff at UHP have been pulling together to make remarkable things happen. Teams from across the Trust and external contractors have worked tirelessly to put together a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and continue to support the team in many different ways to support patient care.

“We’ve been really lucky we’ve had lots of people volunteer to come and help us in intensive care and we’ve had lots of people who have been redeployed to help us,” said Kate. “They’ve all come in and been keen and enthusiastic and well supported.”

Kate also expressed her thanks to members of the community for their kind gestures and donations. With the support of kind members of the public, the ICU team have started a ‘knitted heart’ scheme. Local people have been making crocheted hearts for patients in ICU so one heart can stay with the patient and another is sent to the family. The team are sending the knitted hearts to the families along with a photo of their loved one holding their own version to give them a sense of connection. “The morale lifting gestures have just been beautiful, remarkable, humbling and just so kind,” said Kate. “So thank you to everyone who has donated.”

The response we have had from our local and national community, in support of us and our work has been absolutely heart-warming. Whilst we are extremely grateful for this generosity, we would ask that if you are considering making a donation, please make sure to read our guidance on how to do so safely before coming on site: https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/donating-covid-response

Please also consider all key workers and frontline services across the city such as Livewell South West, South West Ambulance Service, Plymouth City Council, the Police and also food banks and charities who support vulnerable people as well as the many other services supporting our community through the COVID outbreak.

We're also received lots of phone calls about making charitable donations. Plymouth Hospitals Charity has set up a Coronavirus fund to accept these kind donations. Find out more here: https://plymouthhospitals.charitycheckout.co.uk/…/coronavir…

Thank you from everyone at #1BigTeam

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