September 28th, 2016

From actors to gardeners – Northfield’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital seeks volunteers

From actors to gardeners –  Northfield’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital seeks volunteers From actors to gardeners –  Northfield’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital seeks volunteers
Volunteer gardener, Jon Sole
Updated: 10:42 am, Feb 28, 2016

NORTHFIELD’S Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is calling out for dedicated volunteers to make a positive contribution to the work of medical students.

From aspiring actors to admin wizards, the ROH is looking for volunteers able to help with a variety of tasks including pretending to be patients so they can be examined by fourth year students.

This is not a job for the bashful as these volunteers often have to strip down to their underwear.

Peter Brookes, who previously starred in Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Shaun of the Dead, applies his acting skills to the ROH.

He said: “I really enjoy helping people. It’s great encouraging young doctors to improve and help give them confidence. I find it very rewarding. We have a lot of fun too – all the volunteers get on really well together.”

Volunteer ward helpers are also sought to ensure patients have enough drinks and biscuits when they need them. Other opportunities include patient survey helpers, clerical workers, iPad users to help patients fill online questionnaires, gardeners to maintain the beautiful grounds and greeters to welcome new patients to the hospital in Outpatients and help them find their way to the right place.

Volunteer co-ordinator Gail Booth said: “Volunteering is a great way to expand your skills, meet new people, and help others.”

She added there was a fantastic group of volunteers and the hospital would love to welcome more.

“Volunteers make a huge contribution to our work and we offer full training and support, and can be flexible with hours and days worked.”

For more on the volunteering, e-mail gail.booth@nhs.net or call 0121 685 4226.

 

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