Response Network: University Hospital of North Durham and Mayborn Group

Business in the Community (BITC) has sourced vital communication equipment for the University Hospital of North Durham enabling staff to speak to and monitor patients who have contracted COVID-19 without having to be by their bedside.

Desperate need

Hospitals across the United Kingdom are in desperate need of essential equipment as they battle to treat increasing numbers of patients with the virus. From protective kit to life-saving machinery, appeals are being made nationwide for help.

Originally, the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle Upon Tyne put out an appeal for baby monitors, which would help nurses and doctors communicate with patients being treated for coronavirus without having to make physical contact. This would allow hospital staff to save on the limited supplies of personal protection equipment available.

The firm offered 20 new and packaged baby monitors, which could go straight into use at the hospital without being disinfected

BITC Relationship Manager Antony Wallis contacted member Mayborn Group, which owns the global baby-products brand Tommee Tippee. After speaking to Leysa Relf, Mayborn’s Global Environmental Health and Safety and Sustainability Manager, the firm offered 20 new and packaged baby monitors, which could go straight into use at the hospital without being disinfected.

Plea on Facebook

Sadly, the Royal Victoria Infirmary was unable to accept the donation as a result of a technical difficulty within its procurement process. But BITC staff member Emma Rose, who is working on the National Business Response Network in the north east of England, saw a plea on Facebook for a donation of baby monitors for the same purpose from a nurse at University Hospital North Durham.

Emma knew about the offer of baby monitors from Mayborn Group and brought together University Hospital North Durham with the Newcastle baby-products business through BITC’s Antony Wallis. The monitors have now been delivered and are available to help staff care for patients at the hospital in Durham.

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