Firm Osteotec Donates to our Hospice at Home Teams

June 2020

In these difficult times, firms have stepped up to help support our hospice.

Osteotec is one of these. Recently they donated 600 PPE aprons to our Hospice at Home teams.

They pick up the story here:

Osteotec have been suppliers to the NHS and private healthcare sectors since 1993, specialising in providing extremity orthopaedic products.

In response to requests from our customers, when the COVID-19 pandemic started, Osteotec started to help source essential PPE for all key workers, supplying to many different care homes and hospitals across the country. This included masks, visors, aprons and gloves.

We ended up with a surplus stock of disposable aprons that we didn’t want to go to waste, so asked each individual within the company to pick a charity or cause that they would like to donate to. There were some fantastic causes chosen with heartfelt reasons as to why they were picked.

Fiona Walters, Group General Manager, chose The Salisbury Hospice.

My dad, Roger Hutcheson, was diagnosed with terminal metastatic bowel cancer in the second half of August 2019. He was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital on 1st September 2019 as his symptoms quickly worsened. He was transferred to the hospice from the main hospital on 15th September and died there on 17th September. He was 76 years old, married, with three children and six grandchildren. He is very much missed.

His care in hospital and the hospice was absolutely amazing, and as a family, we felt so grateful for the care and respect they showed to dad and our entire family in what really is an extremely difficult time, and in such shocking circumstances because he deteriorated so quickly. My brother and I stayed with dad for the last two days of his life in the hospice, and the staff were so kind to us, supporting us emotionally, and also looked after us physically – making us a bed and ensuring we ate, drank and showered! The team genuinely cared for our well being as well as for dad, and I feel glad we had such specialist care. Having completed my nurse training at Salisbury in the 1990s, I took a lot of comfort being back in Salisbury and really was very overwhelmed at the professionalism, kindness and complete dedication of all the people we met at the hospice. Even after dad died, the team kept in contact, ringing us up to see how we were coping.

The hospice is such an important charity to the Salisbury community, and so this is why when we were asked where we would want our surplus PPE donated, why I immediately wanted to support them.

(image of Fiona and her Dad)

This once again highlights the important role that local businesses play, particularly in challenging times like this, thank you to all at Osteotec.

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