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Introducing Our Volunteers

Meet our volunteers and hear their own account of a typical day in the life of a volunteer, engaging with patients and providing healthcare at its best  - with a personal touch!

CHARLIE BEAR

Charlie Bear was originally launched as a charity in 1978 to raise vital funds to help support people with cancer in a variety of ways. 

This is now a dedicated charitable fund based at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and supported by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

                                        

                  Dorothy                                             Yvonne                                                Lillian

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SUPPORT VOLUNTEER

The Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre for Newcastle is located at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in the city centre.  The prime role of our A & E Volunteers is to offer valuable support to staff and non-medical assistance to patients accessing our emergency services, and generally offering comfort and support to those patients and visitors who may be feeling anxious or nervous.

            Heather

LEAGUE OF FRIENDS

The League of Friends is a voluntary organisation which supports the work of the Freeman Hospital and is able to provide much needed equipment and comforts to benefit the welfare of patients and staff through the money raised by the work of volunteers.

We have over 150 active members who come from many walks of life and who freely give their time and energy to help patients, visitors and staff in a variety of ways.

            

           Norah                       Bill                     Hillary                   Ed

WARD SUPPORT VOLUNTEER

The main purpose of the Ward Support Volunteer role is to provide a friendly welcoming and helpful environment to families and friends during evening visiting time and to assist ward staff with the meal service.

                                     

               Corey                                                                          Faye

DERMATOLOGY CLINIC SUPPORT VOLUNTEER

The Dermatology Service is a leading provider of specialist healthcare and advice on skin conditions for both adults and children in the North East of England.  Our highly skilled clinical and nursing staff see over 80,000 patients every year, and carry out an extensive range of investigations and treatments for skin cancer (melanomas) and all other types of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin ulcers.

Our Dermatology Clinic Support Volunteers assist staff in creating a friendly, welcoming and helpful environment for patients whilst ensuring that this busy clinic maintains a seamless flow of patient care and delivers an exceptional patient experience.

              Amanda

RADIO LOLLIPOP VOLUNTEERS

Radio Lollipop is an international charity organisation founded in 1979 to provide care, comfort, play and entertainment for children and young people, primarily in hospitals.

Using a comprehensive range of fun and interactive activities developed over the years by Radio Lollipop, volunteers make a child's stay in the Great North Childrens Hospital, RVI more fun and less frightening.  The broadcast radio studio is part of the armoury of activities in our "toy box", providing a unique child-orientated programme of interactive competitions, music, stories and games.

                                 

 Laura                                       Fiona                                  Derek

OPHTHALMOLOGY WARD SUPPORT VOLUNTEER

Ward 21 is a day case ophthalmology ward for adults having local anaesthetic surgery on their eyes that does not require an overnight stay, for example cataract surgery. The prime role of the ward assistant is to assist the ward staff in creating a friendly, welcoming and helpful environment for patients.  This includes greeting new patients to the ward and ensuring that they are attended to whilst on the ward, serving refreshments and befriending patients and visitors.

Margaret                             

CARDIO ADMIN SUPPORT VOLUNTEER

The Freeman Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Centre is a regional and national centre of excellence for respiratory (lung/chest) and cardiac (heart) care. We are one of the top units in the UK, providing specialist treatment for all types of heart and respiratory related conditions in adults and children.  Our Cardio Admin Support Volunteers provide a valuable clerical service to the administration and secretarial team based within the Cardiothoracic department. 

 

 Divya                                 

 

 

DAFT AS A BRUSH CANCER PATIENT CARE

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from Hospital who are undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cancer treatment.  The service covers Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas.

There are over 250 volunteers employed as “ambulance” drivers/companions; staffing the information desk at the Freeman Hospital, the shop in Eldon Garden and at Daft as a Brush House based in Gosforth.  

If you would like to learn more about this fantastic local charity or can spare some time to be involved then please visit the Daft as a Brush website: http://www.daftasabrush.org.uk/

Jean Moat                               

MEET AND GREET VOLUNTEERS

Our meet and greet volunteers provide an essential, valued service of providing help, directions and reassurance to patients and visitors, who may be anxious, vulnerable, and confused when attending the Freeman Hospital and The Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) hospitals. 

Caroline                                    

Ingrid                                        

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