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Bexley hospice nurses recieve donation

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 August 2018

Gemma Mott, Kathleen Walsh and Louise Bishop. Picture: YBS Bexleyheath

Gemma Mott, Kathleen Walsh and Louise Bishop. Picture: YBS Bexleyheath

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Bexley nurses caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses will have more time to do their jobs and better access to information thanks to a donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice secured £1,460 from the foundation to buy two new laptops, which staff will use when treating patients in their own homes.

They will allow their nurses to work more efficiently, spending less time in the office and more time with the people they’re caring for.

The foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference scheme, where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts just once a year to help smaller charities around the UK.

Louise Bishop, trusts and major donor fundraiser at The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, said: “The laptops will enable our community nurses to work much more efficiently when they are out and about in their cars, visiting patients with terminal illnesses in their own homes.

“Currently they take handwritten notes when they are out visiting and then come back here and often retype them later. This wastes time which could be spent caring for patients.

“With the laptops nurses can access patients’ records online when they are with them and email out requests for prescriptions too. This saves time and makes things quicker for patients.

“The laptops can also be used to show patients our website and other information that might help them with their condition.”

Kristie Wilson, manager of the Bexleyheath branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “At Yorkshire Building Society we’re passionate about supporting the community we serve and we’re delighted to be able to help The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice through our Charitable Foundation.

“The Charitable Foundation is funded by our members and I know they would be as proud as I am to support such a worthwhile cause which will make a real difference to many peoples’ lives.”

For more information about the Small Change Big Difference scheme and to see an interactive map of recent Charitable Foundation donations visit www.ybs.co.uk/charitablefoundation.

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