Enhancing care for the elderly

We raise funds to help our teams give the very best care to our elderly patients

One-off donation to elderly care

Monthly donation to elderly care

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Everyone deserves the best care as they age. Our Care of the Elderly departments provide general medical care to all elderly patients that are admitted to our hospitals. Our catchment area has one of the largest populations of elderly people in Greater London (23.2%).

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Our elderly care specialist outpatient clinics include:

  • Falls
  • Confusion
  • Dementia and delirium
  • Memory
  • Orthogeriatric
  • General medical clinics for more complex issues (patients with more than one illness and who therefore, do not fit neatly into any particular category).

What our amazing supporters have already helped fund:

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Other ways we support our elderly care services:

  • Twiddlemuffs - these are cosy knitted or crocheted muffs with items such as ribbons, buttons, beads and various other fabrics attached inside and out. They are designed to provide a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation for dementia, Alzheimer's and arthritis patients in our hospitals
  • Slip socks that help reduce patient falls 

Maisie's Story


Linda Sullivan,73 was admitted to Queen’s Hospital with a spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma in December 2020. Linda was nicknamed ‘Maisie’ in 1967 by her husband, Howard Sullivan because she reminded him of Maisie in ‘The Perishers’ cartoon’, and since then the name stuck. Maisie sadly passed away in ITU from a COVID induced pneumonia in January 2021. After Maisie’s passing, Howard and the rest of her family wanted to focus on doing something positive in her memory.

She was a fun, kind and loving woman who's vibrancy for life

 brought happiness to those around her.

- Daughter-in-law Claire Sullivan, Maisie's daughter-in-law

The family decided to buy something for the wards to provide comfort to patients in hospital. Due to COVID, there were no outside windows in Maisie's room, only an observation window. As a result of this, she often rang her family at 2 or 3 AM in the morning because she was not aware of the date or time of day. A clock visible to Maisie would have been of great value to her.

The family created a JustGiving page which generated over £5,000. A member of the family’s work company, DH Industries Limited, generously matched the amount raised on the fundraising page. This meant that the family raised over £10,000 in one month!

After speaking with ITU and the elderly care wards, they also mentioned the need for clocks and the family loved this idea as they knew Maisie would have appreciated this. There were two types of clocks, one featuring the date and the other including a day and night display. The clocks were branded as ‘Maisie’s Clocks’ with a logo shown on the front of each one. 120 clocks were distributed to the ITU and elderly care wards, who all cared for Maisie while she was in hospital. Staff and patients were grateful for the new clocks and empathised when they heard about Maisie’s story.

The installation of Maisie’s Clocks is a wonderful way to remind us of how precious time is, especially to our elderly patients. This will make a positive difference for all our patients.

- Arlene Villarante, staff nurse on Harvest B ward

The family hope the clocks will help the staff and patients in the wards for many years to come. Linda will be greatly missed by her family, friends and those who knew her. She was a fun, kind and loving woman whose vibrancy for life brought happiness to those around her. If you would like to donate funds to purchase more Maisie’s clocks to go around other wards, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you with the process.

Help us to enhance elderly care services

With your help we can improve elderly services for patients both now and in the future.

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