Grant will help patients
NEW volunteers will be on hand to help patients at Macclesfield Hospital after it was handed a cash boost from the Department of Health.
The centre has been granted approximately £42,000 to fund 30 additional volunteers, who will step in to help existing hospital staff provide care to vulnerable patients.
Charities including the Royal Voluntary Service, Age UK and British Red Cross received the grant as part of the government initiative to give additional support, particularly to the elderly.
Ministers are hoping the extra volunteers will relieve the pressure on hospitals caused by the issue of ‘bed-blocking’ – where keeping on patients who have no onward care arrangements leads to bed shortages.
Lesley Thompson, head of support and development for Royal Voluntary Service in west England and Wales said: “With an ageing population putting mounting pressure on hospitals and local authorities, we believe this is where the voluntary sector can prove invaluable.
“Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have been supporting the NHS since it was founded in 1948 and we are pleased this additional funding will enable us to work alongside clinical teams in Macclesfield Hospital.”