Ukraine appeal – doctor’s plea to help people in war-torn homeland – North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

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AN NHS doctor from Ukraine is leading a health trust’s campaign to raise funds and send vital medical equipment to people in his homeland.

Vladyslav Vovk is working with his employer, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, to help people in the country of his birth.

Vladyslav, who lived in the Ukraine as a young child and still has family and friends living there, is working with the Trust to send supplies to the injured and needy.

The organisation is gathering together items related to trauma injuries including bandages, sutures, scissors, gauze, chest drains and seals and needle holders.

Vladyslav, who works as a foundation doctor, and the Trust are also raising funds to go to those in need.

This is as part of a joint regional effort of NHS staff who have formed a group, Medical Aid Ukraine North East, to raise funds and collect supplies.

He said: “I am shocked and horrified at what is going on in my country.

“Hospitals are in need of supplies and equipment. Rather than feel totally powerless, I want to play my part to help.

“Working with the Trust, we are working hard to gather items and funding to help the country and its people.”

Vladyslav, who is 26, has family in the country including a cousin who is a paediatric doctor who works in Kyiv and a grandmother who lives in a town in Western Ukraine.

All goods donated will be packaged and transported to the Poland border.

He said: “This is somewhere where I grew up before moving to the UK as a child. It’s where I still have so many family and friends.

“I have a cousin who is a doctor and helping injured people, another cousin with a six-month-old baby who has had to flee from her home and a grandmother who is 90 and lives alone.

“This is scary – I’m worried what this situation could become.

“I urge everyone to do what they can to help.

“Every penny people give to our cause will go towards those innocent people in such desperate need in my homeland.”

NTH Solutions, the Trust’s subsidiary company and who manage estates services for the organisation, are helping lead the donation of supplies and equipment.

Mike Worden, managing director, said: “As an organisation, we have a duty to do all we can to help those in need in the Ukraine.

“We are currently working with our suppliers to quickly identify supplies we will be able to send across.

“Although it can feel like we are powerless at a world level, we can all play our part in relation to the things that are within our control, and if everyone does this, I believe it adds up to a significant impact.”

Deepak Dwarakanath, the Trust’s medical director, said: “As an organisation, we are shocked at the situation unfolding in the Ukraine.

“So many innocent people are needlessly and tragically losing their lives, while so many millions of others in neighbouring countries – including in Russia – are severely impacted by this ongoing crisis.

“As one of the largest employers in the region – with staff and members of our community directly affected – we feel duty bound to do all we can to help.

“I urge anyone who can, to please make a donation to our collection and help make a difference.”

To donate to the Trust’s fund, visit


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