Emergency clothing has been bought by the Southern Health Trust for Craigavon Hospital patients, thanks to charitable donations from the public.
The Trust has bought a supply of new nightwear and warm jogging suits to help patients most in need.
They will be available to patients admitted to Daisy Hill or Craigavon Area hospitals.
Edel Corr, Patient Support Manager for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust explains: “We are always trying to find ways to improve patient experience and where we can, help to make their hospital stay as comfortable and dignified as possible.
“Sadly we do have some homeless patients and others who live alone who don’t have anyone to get them clean clothes so we are delighted to be able to offer this service by providing good fitting, functional nightwear rather than the traditional hospital gown,” said Edel.
“We also have many patients who come to our Emergency Departments who need their clothes to be cut off for clinical reasons.
“Or if they are heavily soiled and of course we have a large number of older, frail patients who we want to make sure are discharged safely and kept warm, particularly at this time of year.”
The Trust is also very grateful to the Newry Lions Club which kindly donates wash bags to Daisy Hill Hospital for those patients who do not have their own toiletry supplies.
Edel continued: “As everyone is well aware, the public funding the Trust receives must be prioritised for vital medical supplies so we are delighted that through very generous donations from local people and through the great work of charities like the Lions Club, we have been able to enhance patient comfort in this way.”