Make brightening a patient’s day your new year’s resolution

Our doctors and nurses provide amazing care for elderly patients, but we need volunteers to help brighten their day whilst in hospital.

No-one wants to be in hospital, but elderly patients in particular can be in for a long time and the days can drag. Often frail or confused, a visitor or activity can brighten a patient’s day and really improve their state of mind and general well-being.

“Volunteers on our elderly care wards really make a huge difference both to patients and staff. By sharing afternoon tea, playing a game, talking about the past or helping the team that bring round pat dogs or beauticians, a cheerful volunteer can raise a smile and make the day go a little faster,” said Sheena Lim, dementia nurse.

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One volunteer, Anne, said, “It’s lovely to be part of the team – I arranged afternoon tea with some of the patients this week, and I had a really lovely time talking to them about their lives and memories. It cheered me up as much as it did them!”

Janis Hall, voluntary services manager, said, “There’s a lot in the news at the moment about dementia and care of the elderly and – whilst our staff do a wonderful job in caring for their patients – we need more volunteers to join the team to help brighten up long days. A couple of hours a week is easy to give and makes such an enormous difference to patients. We’re looking for friendly people who enjoy a chat and want to join a team who do something very special.”

Full training is given and we will cover travel expenses. To find out more about getting involved, contact Janis on 01438 284715 or email Janis.hall@nhs.net