Could you spare a couple of hours to make a cuppa, run errands and have a chat with patients waiting to go home from Southend Hospital?
The hospital’s discharge lounge – the place patients after they have been discharged from the ward and are waiting to be picked up and taken home – is busier than ever as bed pressures on the hospital mount.
“It’s a nice varied role, busy, contact with people and any help you can give is much appreciated by our busy staff,” says voluntary services manager Jane O’Connell.
Duties include returning the notes to the relevant ward when the patient leaves the lounge, chatting to patients, picking up their prescriptions from the hospital pharmacy, and other tasks such as ringing wards, under the guidance of the nurse in the lounge.
Discharge lounge volunteers Ruth Page and James Cunningham, who do a Thursday afternoon stint, love their role. “It’s a pleasure to help people and be useful,” says Ruth, 57 who`s been chatting with Joan Sage, 87, from Hockley and Irene Brugger, 90, from Thorpe Bay.
“We’ve had a cup of tea and a chat about Anderson shelters during the war – took me back!” says Irene.
Could you help? Please call Jane on 01702 435555 ext 6135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org