Grant will help pa­tients

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY - ALEX HIB­BERT

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.”

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