Hospital appeals for help

WESTON General Hospital is appealing for volunteers to help feed patients at meal times. The team of volunteers was praised by Age Concern last year for its service to patients who have visual impairments and those who find it hard to cut their food. Volu

WESTON General Hospital is appealing for volunteers to help feed patients at meal times.The team of volunteers was praised by Age Concern last year for its service to patients who have visual impairments and those who find it hard to cut their food.Volunteers also offer valuable encouragement to patients who do not feel like eating. There are currently 21 people in the team, but organisers are always on the lookout for new helpers.The hospital's voluntary services manager, Sue Tarpey, said: "We do need more because our patients and staff really do benefit from the help the volunteers give."Our current team members often tell me they find it fulfilling to know they have made a huge difference to a patient's stay in hospital and to their recuperation."They get real satisfaction out of seeing someone who has been very poorly start to eat again and regain their strength." Volunteers are asked to commit to just one session a week on a regular basis, but can do more if they wish. Anyone interested will be given training and support and paid travel expenses.The next training session is being held on March 21. For more details call Sue on 01934 647005.


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