Photo: Children drawing courtesy of Sibs
Photo: Children drawing courtesy of Sibs

Life Lines – Keeping Families Connected

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True Colours Trust and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation have each made a grant of £500,000 to Life Lines.

Life Lines is a COVID-19 response. Its aim is to alleviate suffering during this national crisis by establishing a system for virtual e-visiting by family at the bedside of patients with COVID-19 in isolation, initially on Intensive Care Units.

The Trustees of True Colours and Gatsby are proud to be supporting this essential project initiated by a team comprising Louise Rose, Professor of Critical Care Nursing at King’s College London, Dr Joel Meyer, a critical care consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and Michel Paquet of Aetonix who developed the software aTouchAway™.

Patients in intensive care with coronavirus are confined, sedated on a ventilator and critically ill. Their families cannot visit them because of infection control even if they are reaching end of life care. Life Lines allows relatives to see and speak to their loved ones via a tablet using the secure online platform. It also provides families with the opportunity to communicate directly with the clinical team, ask questions, and better understand the care the patient is receiving. Life Lines supports patients, families and clinicians at an unprecedented time of challenge.

More information on Life Lines can be found at:
www.kingshealthpartners.org/lifelines

Those wishing to make a donation can do so at:
www.kingshealthpartners.org/lifelines/donate

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