The iComms for ICUs Project was inspired by a simple text message from a nurse called Lucy to her family. She needed devices for patients in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where she worked. With her colleagues, Lucy was desperately trying to find a solution to the communication difficulties faced by healthcare staff and patients during the COVID 19 pandemic.
And so Lucy’s family started the iComms Project. We are an independent, non-political, not for profit organisation. We arrange donations of iComms like iPads, android tablets and other comms, to hospitals all over the UK, enabling patients and staff to communicate with loved ones and colleagues. So far we have arranged for over 300 devices to be given to 25 hospitals.
These devices are allowing patients in hospital to communicate with their families back home, at a time when visiting is impossible during the coronavirus pandemic. They are also allowing NHS staff to update families on the condition of patients. In some tragic cases, these devices allow patients to speak to their loved ones for the last time and say goodbye.
Here's what one of the hospitals said to us about the difference it makes:
“I just wanted to say thank you for the enormously generous gift of iPads for our critical care areas. We are intending on using them in a variety of ways. Firstly to improve communications between the nurses and the doctors at the bedside with the family. But also where families and patients are in agreement, allowing them to speak with relatives, or to at least see them when they are unconscious.” (Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge)
Your donation means more devices for more hospitals. We are working with an amazing group of partners who are supporting the project by working tirelessly for free or providing goods and services at cost or less. This includes admin, logistics, software and app developers, and ongoing technical support for our NHS hospitals.
Please help us get more devices into hospitals to bring people together before it is too late.
The iComms Project is applying for charitable status and gift aid registration. If we greatly exceed the target, we would like to extend our help to hospices and care homes in the future, enabling more vulnerable people to connect with loved ones, even after the pandemic is over.