Recovering Covid patient Scott McKenzie is hoping football comes home this weekend – after it came to his Walsall bedside to allow him to watch England’s Euro 2020 semi-final win.
Staff on Ward 2 at Walsall Manor Hospital arranged for a large TV and alcohol free beers so England fan Scott could enjoy the Three Lions’ 2-1 win over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night from his bedside.
The Aston Villa supporter, 27, who is a partner in a sign installation business, has been in a side room on his own without visitors since he was admitted to the ward on Sunday with Covid-19, pneumonia and a chest infection. But he was cheered by the thoughtful gesture.
“People were Facetiming me about the game and the next thing I knew, I had a massive TV and a couple of non-alcoholic beers to watch it,” said Scott. “I can’t thank the staff enough – they have been brilliant and I got my family to drop off some chocolates for them to say thanks.”
Now Scott is hoping he can enjoy the final too – from home, if he is allowed after the semi-final went to extra-time. “I was so nervous, even when we scored, because it was so ‘touch and go’ and I was so on edge,” added Scott. “But bring on Italy now – it’s coming home!”
Ward Manager Aaron Bate said: “Scott is a lovely lad and at his age we thought that if he was fit and well he would have been out watching the game with his mates so we thought this would be a good thing to do for him. We borrowed the TVs from the Learning Centre here and Rachel Bayley there is so helpful.
“But this wasn’t a one-off gesture for Scott; we have done this for all the England games for patients and offered them non-alcoholic beers, wine or shandy. We’ll be doing it on Sunday when we’ll have the tennis from Wimbledon and the football on.
“Recently a colleague and I dressed up as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton and sang Islands In The Stream and at Christmas four of us dressed up as The Beatles and took inflatable guitars and sang songs to patients. You’ve got to have a laugh and we’ve made even more effort during the pandemic while visiting wasn’t allowed.”