Volunteer to bring some cheer to elderly hospital patients

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Volunteers are needed to help bring some cheer to patients on a ward at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

Staff at the hospital are searching for people who can go on to the Rochford Ward and spend some time with elderly patients who are suffering from psychiatry problems.

Volunteers would provide company for the patients and can help by doing things such as reading newspapers and books to them.

Janet Turner, nursing assitant and recruitment officer, said gtime woith volunteers can be a real help to patients. She said: “It’s nice to have that link and some people don’t have any family visiting.

“Rather than seeing staff all the time it’s nice to have contact with the public and bring as much of the outside world in as possible.”

There are about 20 patients on the ward - with one volunteer reading newspapers to patients and another who goes in and plays music.

Anyone interested would need an informal interview andtwo days of training in Sleaford, to reflect the fact that the patients are vulnerable.

To get more information about how to volunteer call 01205 446550 or 01522 4518500.

You can also email volunteerservices@lpft.nhs.uk