Cel­e­bra­tion for vol­un­teers who help get pa­tients home

The Wokingham Paper - - HEALTH -

A SPE­CIAL event to raise aware­ness of the many com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions that of­fer valu­able ser­vices to pa­tients fol­low­ing dis­charge from hos­pi­tal has been held at the Royal Berk­shire Hos­pi­tal.

The af­ter­noon pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for providers to show­case the sup­port they can of­fer and for staff to in­crease their fa­mil­iar­ity with these ser­vices.

Trust oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist and or­gan­iser Amy O’Neill said: “We had a re­ally good at­ten­dance from ther­a­pists and nurs­ing staff from across the hos­pi­tal.

“There are so many or­gan­i­sa­tions in the com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary sec­tor that of­fer sup­port and we know we must work all to­gether to use ev­ery re­source avail­able to help en­sure pa­tients are dis­charged.

“This was a good chance for our staff to re­fresh their knowl­edge on the many ser­vices which can as­sist pa­tients to re­turn home promptly, safely and well sup­ported. Thank you to ev­ery­one who came along and took part in this valu­able event.”

Mary Sherry, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, said: “It was great to see so many Trust and com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary ser­vices pre­sent­ing to­gether on how we are work­ing to get pa­tients home from hos­pi­tal safely and in a timely man­ner.

“There is clearly a lot ‘out there’ to help this hap­pen and the part­ner­ship work­ing is a core part of our ap­proach.

“These ser­vices make a real dif­fer­ence to pa­tients’ lives. A big well done to ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Royal Berk­shire Hos­pi­tal chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Mary Sherry joined com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions that of­fer valu­able ser­vices to pa­tients fol­low­ing dis­charge from hos­pi­tal

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