Mov­ing time for Dolores

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SARAH BROOKES

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d482037

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