A WINCHESTER hospital has launched a new gift list style website to support healthcare workers in Ukraine.

Sarum Road Hospital will match UK donations chosen from a selection of urgent supplies requested by a group of Ukrainian hospitals on the frontline of war.

The goods will then be packaged, dispatched and delivered by Circle Health Group, the hospital’s owner, working with their logistics partners at their Enfield warehouse.

Items include vital kit for treating sick and wounded patients, including ventilators, crutches, walking frames, respiratory masks, scrubs, bandages and wound kits.

Paolo Pieri, CEO of Circle Health Group, said: "War can fade from the headlines quickly, but the reality for doctors and nurses and their patients in hospitals across Ukraine remains desperate. Urgent supplies are running short and months of war is taking a heavy toll on morale. As a fellow European hospital operator, we feel a moral obligation to help. We know the British public have taken the plight of Ukraine to heart, and we are appealing to them to help us make sure these hospitals have the kit and supplies they need."

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Sarum Road Hospital and Circle Health Group began delivering urgent medical goods to a group of Ukraine hospitals shortly after the war broke out in collaboration with the Ukrainian doctors’ union and the British Red Cross. It has already delivered around 200 tonnes directly to the doors of five hospitals in the north, south, east and west of Ukraine. Upon receipt of the urgent supplies, the hospitals distribute a portion to local community hospitals in a hub and spoke model.

The gift list website was launched in response to requests from patients and members of the public across Circle’s network of 53 UK hospitals for a mechanism by which individuals could help to support the Sarum Road’s and Circle’s mission in Ukraine.

A team of volunteer hauliers from the UK, Poland and Ukraine have made the journey on a weekly basis since March 15 to deliver the urgent supplies, navigating their way through war-torn regions and areas of conflict to reach the hospitals in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Odessa and Lviv.

Donations to the hospital gift list from UK supporters will enable these deliveries to continue as long as they are required, providing a vital lifeline to Ukrainian clinicians caring for the sick and injured in desperate circumstances.

One hospital medical director, who could not be named for his safety, said: "I would like to thank everyone at Sarum Road Hospital and Circle Health Group for the invaluable support you have provided. We are sure that all the medical aid will help in the treatment of our patients during this terrible period. The support of people from Great Britain is now very valuable for Ukrainians. We will always remember this."

Some £2m worth of medical supplies and funds have been donated by Circle Health Group hospitals, staff and suppliers to date. Circle Health Group suppliers and partners have also risen to the challenge, with large donations from suppliers including Medical Properties Trust, Rocialle Healthcare, GBUK Group, Intersurgical, Timesco, Chemence, Bunzl, Healthcare Supplies and Supply Chain Solutions, Purple Surgical, RB Medical, June Medical, Toffeln and Cantel.

Anyone can select any number of medical items to donate at jumblebee.co.uk/healthsupportforukraine#none

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