Bellingham Tennis Club in Wigan have been playing their part in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing a free space for hospital staff to have masks fitted correctly.
Just a short walk from the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, staff at the Trust have been attending mask fit testing in the clubhouse since October 2020, ensuring they are safe and protected from potential infection whilst providing care to patients.
The generosity shown by the tennis club has been gratefully received by the Trust. WWL Mask Fit Testing Co-Ordinator, Rebecca Farnworth said:
“Using the tennis club across the road from the infirmary has been perfect for our staff, as it has cut down travel time, meaning they can spend more time caring for patients and have the flexibility to be tested before shifts, during breaks and after shifts.
“We cannot thank the tennis club and its members enough for everything they have done for us, and the wonderful nature of their staff has made this experience much more efficient and has played an important part in our overall response to the pandemic.”
Anne Miller, Chair of Bellingham Tennis Club, added:
“I’m really pleased that we could use the clubhouse for a meaningful purpose during the time we couldn’t open, and that it has gone so well for the hospital staff.
“As Chair, I had to speak to the members about providing the space for the Trust, and I’ve never had such a unanimous response. Everyone involved at the club wanted to make sure we could help.”