Hospital whip round for homeless patient

Hospital whip round for homeless patient

Staff at the Princess Royal Hospital went the extra mile to help a patient who had recently become homeless.

The patient was brought onto the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) – a specialist unit for medical emergencies – last week.

Through speaking to the patient, staff discovered that the clothes he was wearing were the only ones he possessed, and decided to help out.

After the patient had been washed and admitted, staff had a collection before Health Care Assistant (HCA) Stuart Ansell volunteered to use his break to pick up some new clothes from Primark and take the patient’s old clothes home with him to wash and dry.

Stuart said: “When the gentlemen went for a shower and was admitted onto the unit we all decided we would have a bit of a whip round.

“I was going on a break, so I said I would take his washing home with me and do it and then I popped to my nearby laundrette to get it dried. I went to Primark and picked up some jogging bottoms, a T-shirt, a few toiletries, that sort of thing.

“He seemed quite surprised that we had gone that extra step and he was very appreciative that we had taken the time and effort. I think he was a bit stunned that we had gone that little bit further.”
Jenny Lawson, Sister on AMU, added: “When the patient came onto the unit, he only had the clothes he was wearing, and no socks. The staff on shift rounded up some loose change and Stuart went to Primark on his break and bought the patient a new outfit and some wash things. He also washed and dried the patient’s clothes that he was wearing.

“By the end of the day, the patient had had a hot meal, a hot shower, and two clean outfits. He was very humbled and appreciative of the care and kindness shown towards him.”

Pic: Stuart Ansell

21 thoughts on “Hospital whip round for homeless patient

  • November 22, 2018 at 8:22 am
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    Amazing guy.
    Looked after mother in law in her final weeks And shown tremendous compassion, and wife too when in for 3 Weeks with diverticulitis.
    Stuart is one of the NHS ‘s stars who goes above and beyond with an upbeat rapport and caring attitude.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 8:28 am
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    Stuart is a real treasure!
    I was fortunate enough to be cared for by Stuart on AMU, funny, caring guy.
    Well done Stuart x

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  • November 22, 2018 at 8:48 am
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    Oh my, this has got me crying! What a fantastic thing to do. X

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  • November 22, 2018 at 8:51 am
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    Stuart is an amazing person my dad and the our family had the pleasure of meeting stuart this week on AMU and he deserves a medal .. he goes above and beyond his role and really makes a difference to people’s lives! We will never forget him x

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  • November 22, 2018 at 8:53 am
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    Its a shame our council and powers that be are so ignorant to the plight of these unfortunate human beings. Well done to everyone who cared.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 8:58 am
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    Unsung hero’s all of our hospital staff, well done Stuart for your kindness.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 8:59 am
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    Just goes to show how dedicated out nurses and staff are at the PRH

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:02 am
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    Thank you for your kindness to this patient ❤️❤️❤️
    There for the grace of God go anyone of us ……❤️❤️❤️

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:03 am
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    Stuart is a very good friend of mine, he’s very good at his job very professional.

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