The Highlands and Islands branch of a national charity has donated some valuable equipment to the region’s biggest hospital.
The local group for Crohn’s and Colitis UK, which supports patients and families affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gave a fridge and an iPad to the infusion suite in Raigmore hospital this week, to improve and support the experience of patients who regularly use the facility.
Day-patients who attend the suite will have the use of a dedicated fridge to store food and drink items for their own use when in the unit.
The iPad will be used by the suite’s specialist nursing and other care staff to help to educate and inform patients and their families about their condition, and how their care is managed.
Alasdair Joyce, co-ordinator of the local group, said: “It is relatively simple measures like these that can make the experience for patients so much more bearable, and it is for exactly this sort of purpose that our group is here to support patients.”
David Armour, IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist based at Raigmore Hospital, said: “We are extremely grateful to the local Crohns and Colitis UK group for their kind and generous donation which has allowed us to buy a patient fridge for the Infusion suite which will allow our patients to store their food while they are in having treatment.
“We have also been able to buy an ipad which will allow us to help with patient education.”