Western Sydney Supportive Care Volunteer Service recently welcomed 16 new recruits to the district.
Following the completion of their training, 10 Supportive Care volunteers will soon commence their roles.
They will provide much needed companionship and support to patients on the Medical/Oncology ward, Infusion Therapies and Cancer Clinics at Blacktown Hospital.
The new recruits bring to total number of these dedicated volunteers to 35.
WSLHD Supportive and Palliative Care Services volunteer manager Kylie Clark said 28 volunteers work at Mt Druitt Supportive and Palliative Care Unit as well as visiting clients at home.
“Patients and their families feel the volunteers’ duties complement and enhance the care being provided by the professional staff at the hospital,” she said.
“Patients appreciate the volunteers being with them to offer hand massages, a listening ear and providing respite so carers can grab a break and a cuppa.”
Blacktown Hospital nurse unit manager Katherine Cox looked forward to the volunteers joining the team.
“By having non-clinical staff who can sit and spend time with patients or carer, bring a tea or coffee, run down to get paper will be of benefit for the patients and their families,” she said.
The service is always looking for compassionate, understanding people who are able to dedicate up to fours hours a week to help support patients and their families.
Volunteers need to be over the age of 18 and no formal qualifications are necessary. Volunteers complete four days of training and ongoing support is provided.
For further information contact the Volunteer manager, Kylie Clark on 0427 730 596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org