COMMUNITIES across Ayrshire have been thanked by the NHS for their overwhelming support during the coronavirus pandemic.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran have hailed the incredible efforts witnessed in the towns and villages in the county.

The health board have been blown away by the kindness shown as they fight to treat patients who have fallen ill due to coronavirus, as well as continuing to deal with everyday emergencies.

Chair of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board, Lesley Bowie said:“I want to say a huge thank you to every individual, group, organisation and company who has supported NHS Ayrshire & Arran during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“Your kindness is overwhelming. I and other board members, as well as colleagues right across the organisation, have been truly humbled by the messages of goodwill and the generosity we’ve experienced from every corner of our community.”

The health board have highlighted the donations which have poured in including personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect frontline staff against COVID-19, to food from selfless restaurants, takeaways.

Ms Bowie said:“We’ve had a variety of things donated to us - from visors, scrubs and other personal protective equipment (PPE), to hand cream, soft drinks and pizzas. And let me tell you that every single item has been gratefully received."

The weekly clap for key workers and frontline staff held every Thursday was also praised by NHS chiefs. 

Ms Bowie added:“This has been a really difficult time for everyone. Whether it’s donations to the NHS; checking that a neighbour is doing ok; or shopping for someone who’s shielding, these acts of kindness are making a world of difference. Just knowing that someone cares has a hugely positive effect.

“So when you are out clapping on Thursdays for key workers and frontline staff, please take a moment to applaud yourselves, because the things that you have been doing mean so much to others.

“Thank you once again. Stay safe.”