A fundraiser for heroic hospital staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has created a much-needed rest area.

Staff now have two new dedicated staff lounges, funded in part by generous donations from the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the first lockdown earlier this year, the RD&E Charity launched the #HelpUsHelpYou Appeal, which was designed to raise money to directly support the wellbeing of staff at the RD&E.

Donations to this appeal, along with funding from NHS Charities Together and matched with money from the trust, was used to create two new lounges away from clinical areas where staff can take their breaks.

Inside one of the new staff lounges at the RD&E

The Sea View lounge and the Garden View lounge are both open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week and give staff another area to visit and relax during their well-earned breaks.

Dave Thomas, interim chief nurse at the RD&E, said: “It’s so important to have spaces for staff around the trust that are away from clinical areas and allow staff space to take their breaks, relax and refuel.

“Particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic and with social distancing, these spaces are more important now than ever before and we’re extremely grateful to NHS Charities Together, the trust and everyone who donated to the #HelpUsHelpYou appeal.”





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