Making hospital stays more comfortable

Ward 23 at the Bristol Royal Infirmary cares for elderly patients from across Bristol and the South West. 99% of the people cared for here are admitted as emergencies often with injuries occurring as a result of dementia.

Sadly the majority of the patients have either no living relatives or supportive carers to help take care of them. This means that they often arrive at hospital with nothing.

The staff at the hospital fundraise to buy items to try and make their stay a little more comfortable. This may be slippers and toiletries or books to read and games to play which help ease the boredom of a lengthy hospital stay.

Sue Nicholls, the ward clerk, told us “Some of our patients have led incredible lives, through things like The Great Depression and the war and we feel it’s important we do our very best for them. We are incredibly grateful for any donations - a small item we can put into a hamper for a raffle; or to perhaps to provide some nice shower gel or talc for them to use.”

Cosyfeet recently sent some slippers to the ward to give to patients with swollen feet.

“The slippers are great and we have already handed some of them out to patients,” said Sue. “Many of our patients come in with no slippers at all and although we supply slipper socks it is not the same as wearing a proper pair of slippers to enable safe mobilisation. It is only with the kindness and generosity of people such as yourself that we are able to achieve what we do for our patients.”

Wars 23
Staff on Ward 23 with some of the slippers we have donated