SALISBURY District Hospital is keeping patients and loved ones connected through the power of email.

As previously reported, coronavirus restrictions have resulted in no visitors entering the city's hospital, however a messaging service has been set up so patients can know their friends and family are thinking of them.

A dedicated email address has enabled those outside of the hospital to send a message to a loved one, in addition to patients already using their own mobile phones and the site's free WiFi.

"We wanted to provide another way that people can reach out to their relative or friend, to show them that they’re thinking about them and to help them stay connected," explained head of patient experience Katrina Glaister, pictured above.

She added: “We understand how difficult it is to be apart from someone who is unwell. Our staff are dedicated to providing compassionate care for your loved ones and will also be encouraging and helping patients to stay in touch with relatives in alternative ways."

Email with the message, also providing the full name of the recipient, the ward they are on, and either their date of birth or a full postal address.

Messages can also be telephoned through to the hospital’s PALS team on 07393 267852, from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Every day at 2pm messages will be printed off and the hospital’s team of volunteers will deliver them to the wards in the afternoon.