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Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Posted at 10:30am

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Every year Windsor Regional Hospital says they receive donations of gifts intended for patients, including many kids in hospital receiving paediatric care.

They say that too often, some of the best intentions can lead to unwanted gifts – sometimes because of infection control concerns, sometimes because they are inappropriate, and always when they are wrapped and unable to be inspected.

The hospital is hoping to remind the community that while they always appreciate warmth and generosity around the holiday season and throughout the year, you’re asked to keep in mind whether your suggested gift is appropriate and safe for patients and their families.

“In an era of heightened infection control concerns, it is vitally important that WRH assess and/or inspect any donation to ensure patient health is not at risk,” said David Musyj, president and CEO of WRH. “Even in the absence of any infection control concerns with a suggested gift, some donations may not be needed or desired by a patient or a WRH unit such as paediatrics – either because they are inappropriate or simply not in demand.”

“If you are considering dropping off toys or other gifts for patients or staff, please contact the hospital’s Public Affairs department to help identify whether that gift may be better suited to another organization.”

The hospital offers these tips:

•All individuals or groups who wish to donate items MUST first contact the WRH Public Affairs department. This is intended so gifts can be inspected and also to avoid individuals entering patient units unaccompanied and unauthorized.

•The best way to know you’re giving the right gift is to check our “Wish List” – available at this link here.

•The best way an individual or group can help the hospital is through a cash donation – funds raised by the hospital are used for equipment, services, etc. identified by staff who know WRH’s needs the best.

•If you are concerned your gift may not meet guidelines of WRH, the hospital says they can suggest alternative recipients in the community.

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