Hospitals ask people to stop donating pizza and takeaways

Hospitals in Merseyside have asked people to stop donating pizza and takeaways as it increases "certain risks" amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Bosses at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS trust, which manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital, thanked residents for their donations to NHS staff.

The trust said it had received handmade scrubs, care packages and other gifts for patients and staff and said they felt "very supported" during these unprecedented times.

However, health bosses at the hospitals said no hot or fresh food deliveries such as pizza should be donated from now on.

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They said this is because it increases "certain risks" which staff are trying their hardest to reduce in order combat the spread of COVID-19.

Health officials also asked for any donations for either hospitals to be arranged in advance.

Chief Executive Trish Armstrong-Child said donations from the public meant hospital staff felt "very supported" in a difficult time.

Ms Armstrong-Child said: “The last few weeks have been challenging and we know things are far from over. But we have been inundated with offers of help from our local community.

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“We have had many potential volunteers get in touch, retired staff returning to work and delivery after delivery of kind gifts for our hard-working teams, hand-made scrubs, care packages for staff and patients – the list is very long.

“We want to say a huge thank you to all the incredibly generous, selfless people in our community who are doing so much to keep us going. We all feel very supported right now.

“However, we must ask now that no further hot or fresh food deliveries such as takeaways and pizza are brought into the hospitals for our staff.

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"Although this is very kind, it does increase certain risks, which we are working hard to reduce. We ask that any donations to the hospital please should be arranged in advance via soh-tr.info@nhs.net.

“We would also like to add our thanks to all those other key workers who are keeping things going out there – shop workers, bus, train and taxi drivers, carers, social workers, everyone at the local council, the ambulance service, teachers who are still looking after our children. The list is endless and growing all the time.

“We are seeing such amazing teamwork across our community. It makes me confident that we can get through this together.”

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