£250,000 donated for recuperation hubs for NHS staff in Glasgow and Clyde

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has received a £250,000 donation for rest and recuperation hubs for staff members.

The donation from Barclays comes after NHSGGC was named as a charity partner for the bank’s £100 million community aid package, a funding scheme to help those most in need in the UK, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

In the UK the money will go towards meeting the needs of low-income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people, NHS staff and key workers.

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The hubs in NHSGGC are spaces where staff can relax, eat, exercise or chat to colleagues.

A relaxation and recuperation hub at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
A relaxation and recuperation hub at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

They also provide psychological support to help staff cope with the challenges of their job.

Dedicated rest and recuperation areas for staff were set up in many health boards towards the beginning of the pandemic to help staff cope.

Several sites in NHS Lothian hold ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’, involving events and activities for staff.

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The Western General has a dedicated Wellbeing Wing for staff, while St John’s Hospital in Livingston boasts a hub with a relaxation room and space for staff to relax.

Anne MacPherson, director of human resources and organisational development at NHSGGC, said: “Covid-19 has touched every one of us in some way and our staff have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support our patients and their loved ones, our colleagues and, ultimately, our local communities, so to be recognised in this way is very welcome.

“This donation will make a real difference to NHSGGC and our workforce, and it is a lovely way to round off such a challenging year.

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