During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the teams in each country are continuing to follow their own government guidelines. All mPower teams have adapted their working practices and the project is continuing to support beneficiaries through telephone and digital support. We encourage all who need support to get in touch. As a project we support those who are most vulnerable to the virus, and therefore want to do all we can to help at this difficult time. Stay safe, stay home and stay healthy and with our support we hope you will stay connected.
Since lockdown, the mPower team in NHS Western Isles have successfully rolled out NHS Near Me to all 10 of the Islands’ Care Homes. Working closely with the local Council, the team were able to arrange the delivery of tablet devices and provide support to Care Home Managers to get the platform set up. NHS Near Me is a safe and secure video calling platform so that GPs can have a safe consultation with their patients and residents can see their families, which is especially critical for wellbeing at this time.
Sue Long, mPower Implementation Lead said “We’ve been told that after being shown how to use the tablet, one resident was so excited about seeing his family over a video call that he barely slept the night before”.
Now that local events and social groups are no longer happening, the team have turned to digital alternatives. The ‘daily ceilidh’ for residents in Bernera and Uig is a great example of this. It’s an online coffee morning that takes place every day where people can come together and chat to others.