COLLEAGUES working on a ward at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford can now take their breaks in a staff room with a difference, thanks in part to Captain Sir Tom Moore.

A ‘Royal Dome’ pod has been installed outside the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) where staff can now go to rest during their shifts. The dome is fully equipped with heating and lighting – so the AMU team will be able to use it all-year-round.

It has been funded by charitable donations including funds raised for NHS Charities Together by Captain Sir Tom Moore, which were then donated to SaTH Charity to support the work of the PRH and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital – run by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

Debbie Archer, AMU Matron, said: “We have been without a staff room for some time, so we were absolutely delighted with our new pod.

“On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to thank all those who have donated to SaTH Charity, and in particular recognise Captain Sir Tom whose fantastic efforts have also contributed to this.”

Julia Clarke, director responsible for SaTH Charity, said: “We think this is a brilliant utilisation of the funds raised for the NHS by Captain Sir Tom and by all those who have supported SaTH Charity. It has made a huge difference already to our staff who have worked so incredibly hard throughout this pandemic.

“I hope that SaTH Charity will be able to fund more of these domes in the future as ensuring our staff have access to rest facilities is vitally important for their health and wellbeing.”

SaTH Charity has so far received more than £120,000 from NHS Charities Together and it has helped to fund schemes including televisions for patients unable to have visitors because of current Covid-19 restrictions, among other things.

A further £50,000 was also secured from NHS Charities Together to support a social inclusion project to help the Trust connect with hard to reach groups.