An appeal has gone out for spare mobile phones to help staff working in the health service help those most in need.

Stonehouse-based Lister Unified Communications are appealing for old or unwanted mobile phones to help doctors’ surgeries whose phone systems are overrun with calls.

With patients observing the coronavirus social distancing guidelines, more are taking to the telephone to call their surgeries, and it has stretched many beyond capacity.

Which is why Lister has stepped in, to collect mobile phones which could help staff alleviate some of the pressure by opening up more lines of communication and allow more people to get the help they need.

“Because of the crisis their telephone systems are at capacity so they are putting in mobile connections for GP’s, nurses and reception staff to use to contact patients.

“They need some basic mobile phones to put these into, and are asking if local businesses would donate old devices, they just need to be working and without a security pin, preferably with a charger.

Listers will check them out and then get these to the surgeries asap,” said Jim Clapham, from the telecommunications specialist which has been working with Cheltenham Primary Care Network which runs two surgeries in Cheltenham, two in Bishops Cleeve and one in Winchcombe.

Ideally any phones would be unlocked or come with a pin number that you can pass on. A charging lead would also be handy, but not completely necessary.

If you or your business think you can help and have phones to donate, contact Lister Unified Communications today and they will do the rest.

Email mobilesupportteam@lister-communications.co.uk  or telephone 07812 334461.