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Urgent appeal from Scunthorpe Hospital

Urgent appeal from Scunthorpe hospital

Urgent appeal from Scunthorpe Hospital

Scunthorpe Hospital is reporting a massive drop in the number of volunteers across their hospitals.

From 400 volunteers across Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals, only a handful of people are actively volunteering at present day.

Julie Dobbs, Voluntary Services manager, said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted on our volunteering numbers”.

“A large proportion of our volunteers are aged over 60 and the Government guidelines class anyone over this age as clinically vulnerable”.

“So for their safety we have asked them to suspend coming to our hospitals”.

The current pandemic means they may not be able to return for a number of months.

Julie said:

“I am therefore appealing for younger people who may have some time on their hands to come in and help at their local hospital”.

Volunteers will be deployed onto ‘green’ wards – those that are coronavirus free – and will support staff with a number of duties including:

· Giving directions to patients

· Supporting patients with reduced mobility or sight to reach outpatient departments

· Advising people at entrances about the appropriate use of face masks and encouraging them to use the hand sanitisers

· Supporting wards with reception duties such as answering the phone, making calls and taking messages for clinical teams

· Stocking up in clinical areas so our clinical staff have everything they require to care for patients

· Sitting with patients who require company and interaction

· Supporting the ward teams by relaying messages between patients and families and helping patients set up video calls to loved ones.

Volunteers must be over the age of 17 and full training will be provided.

For more information please contact Julie Dobbs by emailing: [email protected] or ring 03033 305577.

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