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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

From the heart

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life.

At this challenging time when COVID-19 is affecting so many people we are looking at ways our staff can support families following the death of their loved one.

When it is not always possible to be with them at the end, we hope the small token, of a knitted heart, may help people feel more connected with the person they have lost and bring some comfort at this difficult time.

We are asking knitters and crafters to consider making pairs of hearts. If you'd like to contribute: Follow one of...

We are asking knitters and crafters to consider making pairs of hearts. If you'd like to contribute:

  1. Follow one of the patterns below:
  2. Please use clean wool/fabric
  3. Once complete, place the hearts in re-sealable plastic bags with the date clearly written on it. This is so staff can allow 5 days before the hearts are used
  4. Please deliver your hearts to your chosen hospital and they will be distributed to appropriate wards.

When someone dies, one of the small hearts will be placed with them, either in their hand or beside them on the pillo...

When someone dies, one of the small hearts will be placed with them, either in their hand or beside them on the pillow.

A matching heart is then posted to their next of kin with a short note telling them what the hearts are for. 

...friends and relatives “I recently spoke to a relative of a patient who had sadly passed away and they told me tha...

...friends and relatives

“I recently spoke to a relative of a patient who had sadly passed away and they told me that they appreciated that the heart had gone with them. We have also had requests for extra hearts to be sent out to some families and because we have been so lucky in receiving so many, this is an option we can provide.“

Liz Smith, staff nurse in Intensive Care at Glasgow Royal Infirmary


...NHS staff

Margaret McGuire, Board Nurse Director, said:  

“When a patient dies it is considerably unsettling not just for the families but for our staff who have been caring for them. Our staff want to support families by providing comfort and support and this is especially prevalent at the moment when our patients are dying from coronavirus. 


Liz Smith, Staff Nurse, Intensive Care at Glasgow Royal Infirmary: 

“We have been blown away by the numbers (of hearts) we have received and I know that many staff have been uplifted reading the small notes that have accompanied many of them.

“As a staff nurse within ICU I am used to spending time providing comfort and support to family and friends of the patient who sit beside their loved one. During this time we often hear about their lives and personalities so it is strange not to have this during this time.

“I know that many of our staff miss this side of our job. We really just want to give some comfort to those who aren’t able to be with their loved one while they’re in hospital.”

 

Liz Smith, Staff Nurse, Intensive Care at Glasgow Royal Infirmary says:

“I would really like to express our utmost thanks to all the people who have sent us the beautiful knitted hearts.

Read the 'NHSGGC From the heart' press release here >