Ipswich Hospital is launching a new volunteer scheme with an Open Morning on Tuesday, 28 February 2012, between 10am and Noon in its Lecture Theatre, Education Centre.
The idea to develop the new scheme came from existing volunteers concerned that some patients are lonely in hospital as their friends and family may not live locally or be able to visit, or indeed they may have not have any relatives.
Siobhan Jordan, the hospital’s Director of Nursing & Quality, said: “Volunteer visitors will have the opportunity to spend time with a range of patients. This could include providing a listening ear or spending time with patients who would benefit from activities such board games or reminiscing about the past. We are also encouraging ‘social dining’ for patients, encouraging people to eat and enjoy their meals around a table rather than at their bedsides and volunteer visitors would be able to assist us in this.
“Volunteers at our hospital already make a valuable contribution to the experience of patients in our hospital, which is greatly appreciated by the staff. This new development aims to build on a very strong foundation already in place”.
The open morning will share the aims behind the new scheme and provide an opportunity for people to decide whether this is an area where they feel they could make a difference. The event will be led by David Flower, chaplaincy co-ordinator, and will share information about the volunteering role and listening skills, as well as advice on how to best support patients. Sarah Higson, Patient Experience lead, will outline the next steps for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer visitor.
Other opportunities to support patients and carers at the hospital will also be promoted at the open morning. This includes identifying individuals who wish to support family carers. Our Carers’ Kitchen provides space for family carers to take a coffee or tea break from supporting their loved ones on the wards. The Carers’ Kitchen volunteers provide a listening ear, support and signposting for family carers and we are seeking others to join the team in order to extend this service.
Booking is not essential but anyone with a query should contact Pam Evans on 01473 702101.