People are being invited to email a letter and photo to their loved ones at University Hospital Galway, which staff will print out and deliver within 24 hours.
Geraldine McEleney, Senior Medical Social Worker said that families or friends of patients who would like to take part in their ‘Thinking of you’ initiative can email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the patient’s full name, first line of their home address and ward name (if known) in the subject line.
“We will print out the letter, place it in an envelope and deliver it to the patient sealed within 24 hours, Monday to Friday,” said Geraldine.
Chris Kane, General Manager added: “We know how difficult it is for patients to be in hospital without visitors, especially at this time.
“We hope the ‘Thinking of You’ initiative will be a good way for people to keep in touch with their family and friends during their time at Galway University Hospitals.
“Even though most of our patients have mobile phones to keep in contact, a letter or email printed out and delivered to the ward will always be a wonderful surprise and would no doubt be read and re-read countless times by a patient giving the patient a feeling of connection to those they are missing.”