21.10.2014 12:20 Age: 5 yrs

Busselton staff 'meet and greet' potential volunteers

Busselton Hospital currently has more than 130 volunteers

Almost 70 people attended an information session recently to hear how they could help make a difference as a volunteer at the new Busselton Health Campus.

Busselton Hospital is fortunate to currently have more than 130 trained volunteers who selflessly devote hundreds of hours each year to support hospital staff, patients and families.

With the move into the new $120.4 million campus not too far off, a new volunteer model has been developed and hospital staff met with interested community members keen to become ‘meet and greet’ volunteers to help patients find their way around the new building.

Acting District Manager Nik Booker said he was overwhelmed with the turnout which saw 57 people commit to a further two days of training later this month.

“Busselton Hospital has always had dedicated volunteers with the local District Health Advisory Committee (DHAC) Busselton Hospital Inc and the Hospital Auxiliary each playing an important role in helping staff make the hospital experience better for patients and visitors,” said Nik.

“At the information session we talked about the role of the meet and greet volunteers who will be required to direct and escort patients and visitors to wards or departments and help them overcome any apprehension and nervousness about their hospital visit.

“All those who attended were very positive and keen to find out about other volunteering opportunities that might be available in the future and 10 people left their details to be contacted about future training dates.”

If you couldn’t make the information session, it’s still not too late to get involved.

“We would love to hear from anyone who is fit, cheerful and willing to escort patients and visitors around the new health campus for up to three hours a day,” said Nik.

“The volunteers will be required to escort visitors to wards and to clinics and to assist patients in wheelchairs when necessary.”

‘Meet and Greet’ volunteers will be located in the hospital’s main foyer and training will be given before commencing in the role.  Uniforms will also be provided to make them easily recognisable. 

If you would like to find out more about becoming a hospital volunteer contact Nik Booker on 9754 0348.

Media contact:  WACHS Communications 6145 4166


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