Leeds Teaching Hospitals launch patient and volunteer support fund
27 July 2020
Leeds Teaching Hospitals has launched a support fund for patients, their relatives and volunteers who may be struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fund is intended to assist (but is not limited to):
- Bereaved relatives facing immediate financial pressures until their personal financial affairs are sorted eg having weekly bills to meet and no immediate access to bank accounts
- Patients isolating for 14 days in advance of admission to hospital and suffering income loss, excess cost or other financial hardship as a result
- Patients, their immediate families or volunteers who have experienced significant household income loss as a result of the pandemic and are struggling with financial obligations
- Those experiencing significant increases in costs as a direct result of the pandemic, eg increased childcare costs
Every application is assessed individually by a panel of staff who work at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. If the application is approved, the panel will be able to award up to £500. In exceptional circumstances the panel may be able to offer more.
The Patient and Volunteer Support Fund has been funded by Leeds Cares, the charity of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. The money is from a generous donation that they received from NHS Charities Together.
Esther Wakeman, CEO of Leeds Cares said: “We know lots of patients and families will have been adversely affected during the pandemic and so we’re really pleased to be able to help, even if it’s just a small amount, to provide some financial relief in these difficult times.”
An application form is available to download online at: https://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/coronavirus/supportfund/.
Once completed, it should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or handed in at any Cashier’s Office or the Bereavement Liaison Office. These are located at: Cashier’s Office Lincoln Wing, St James’s Hospital or 'B' floor Brotherton Wing, Leeds General Infirmary.