Vol­un­teers pro­vid­ing vi­tal ser­vice for Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal pa­tients

Teenager Court­ney Brad­shaw is one of the many vol­un­teers pro­vid­ing a help­ful ser­vice to pa­tients and staff at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal. As part of the re­cent Stu­dent Vol­un­teer­ing Week, spoke to Court­ney about how in­valu­able her vol­un­teer­ing work can be

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ATYP­I­CAL day on Grange Ward for stu­dent vol­un­teer Court­ney in­volves pro­vid­ing gen­eral as­sis­tance, look­ing af­ter pa­tients dur­ing meal times and pro­vid­ing nurses with in­for­ma­tion for their daily records.

Court­ney will meet and help up to 12 pa­tients, with many of them find­ing com­fort in the com­pany of hav­ing some­one to talk to.

Court­ney told the Gazette: “I’ve seen that hospi­tals are very busy places and it’s dif­fi­cult for staff to spend time sit­ting and chat­ting with pa­tients, so I re­ally feel like I’m help­ing just by pro­vid­ing that sup­port and some com­pany to them.”

Court­ney is cur­rently study­ing for her A-lev­els at Stock­ley Academy and feels that work­ing in the ward has helped her to de­cide on a ca­reer path.

She added: “Be­fore I de­cided to vol­un­teer, I was un­sure what course to study at univer­sity. I was in­ter­ested in sev­eral op­tions, but my mind wasn’t made up.

“Vol­un­teer­ing and hav­ing di­rect con­tact with pa­tients has helped me to de­cide that I want to study adult nurs­ing, and then spe­cialise in men­tal health ser­vices.”

The Hilling­don Hospi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust said that it wel­comes vol­un­teers and has more than 200 help­ing at both its hospi­tals.

The vol­un­teers pro­vide sup­port in lots of dif­fer­ent ways, from walk­ing on the wards to run­ning the hos­pi­tal ra­dio and help­ing out on re­cep­tion desks.

Any­one over the age of 17 can ap­ply to be­come a vol­un­teer and Court­ney be­lieves that more young peo­ple should take the op­por­tu­nity to go and meet new peo­ple and gain new skills.

“A few years ago I wouldn’t have been in­ter­ested in be­ing a vol­un­teer, but I re­alised that I could sup­port my lo­cal hos­pi­tal and gain some valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence at the same time.

“So if you’re in a po­si­tion like I was, and are un­sure what you want to do, even a small time spent vol­un­teer­ing can help you find your ca­reer path and open up more op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

If you would like to vol­un­teer or for more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the PALS/Vol­un­tary Ser­vices Team at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal on 01895 279 973, or visit Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal web­site at www. thh.nhs.uk/.

n VOL­UN­TEER: Court­ney Brad­shaw

n SUP­PORT: Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal

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