The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) has been under an unprecedented amount of pressure as recovering COVID-19 patients are admitted daily to wards and to an expanded intensive care unit.
The hospital’s Stanmore site has temporarily become a COVID-19 recovery centre treating patients from the North Central London (NCL) area, providing ongoing care in their recovery.
Staff at the hospital have thanked residents for their support, and are urging people to carry on donating items such as tea, coffee, energy drinks and breakfast bars.
In the first wave of the pandemic, the RNOH played a critical system role as an orthopaedic trauma hospital.
In this current wave, the hospital is providing as much capacity as it can to care for COVID-19 positive patients, to ease pressure elsewhere.
RNOH charity chief executive, Rosie Stolarski said: “We were overwhelmed by the incredible generosity shown during the height of the pandemic in 2020. As we began 2021, the situation had worsened considerably.
“RNOH have been facing undue pressures and ever-increasing challenges that have never been experienced in the NHS due to the impact of COVID-19 Our aim is to offer much-needed support to the RNOH’s incredible staff during this difficult time. Any donation would be gratefully received.”
Professor Paul Fish, RNOH interim chief executive, said: “The ongoing commitment shown by RNOH staff and our partner contractors to our patients is humbling. It is through their selfless dedication to ensuring we continue to deliver world-class care during this pandemic that inspires me—and the public—every day.
“All our clinical and non-clinical staff are part of the RNOH family and the donations from the wider community mean so much to them. So, on behalf of all the RNOH, thank you to the RNOH Charity and everyone who has donated so far and who continue to do so.”