Moving time for Dolores
AFTER nearly four decades volunteering at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) to help put families at ease in times of crisis, Dolores Peverall (78) says tears will be shed when the hospital closes its doors for good next month.
Mrs Peverall said she had many fond memories of volunteering in the Friendship Room, a place to offer parents a cup of tea and a chat while their child was in surgery.
“I remember a very pregnant lady was taking her child into theatre and while we were talking she went into labour,” she said.
“It was a mad rush to get her an ambulance and rush her to a maternity hospital. Incredibly the baby was born before her child was out of surgery. A few days later she brought bub in to see me, which was very touching.”
But the job could also be heartbreaking at times.
“Sometimes it is difficult and parents get very upset that their child is in theatre, particularly after a nasty accident,” Mrs Peverall said.
“It’s important to just be there for them if they want to talk. But it’s so incredibly rewarding when you see very sick patients who are in and out of hospital get better to the point where you wouldn’t even notice anything was ever wrong.”
Mrs Peverall is one of 400 dedicated volunteers at PMH who will move to the new Perth Children’s Hospital when it opens on June 10.
“The new hospital is beautiful with all its bright colours and once the children get there they won’t want to leave,” she said.
“And with 11 theatres in new hospital, I expect all the volunteers will be run off our feet.”
Don’t miss our special National Volunteer Week series in today’s edition, pages 28-30. PMH volunteer Dolores Peverall.