Cromer

North Norfolk volunteers wanted to help patients

Just Regional
Jan 4, 2016 2 mins read

Volunteers are needed in the North Norfolk area to help patients settle in back home when they leave hospital.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is appealing for people living in the area to join their successful “settle in service” which has been running since the summer.
Settle-in volunteers meet patients as they return home and carry out some simple checks around the home. They can also arrange for patients to be helped or referred to other services where necessary including the Red Cross Support at Home service which can offer on-going support for discharged patients.
The volunteering role can be flexible and slot in around an individual’s work or other commitments.
Sally Knights, NNUH volunteering manager said: “The Settle In project has been very successful with a network of volunteers across the county meeting patients as they return home and carry out some simple checks such as making a cup of tea or making sure the central heating is on and working.  Many of our patients do not have family members living locally and need extra help to regain their confidence after leaving hospital.”
Lisa Amer, NNUH settle-in service discharge co-ordinator added: “The service has grown from strength to strength since it was launched and has helped many people over the summer. In order for the service to manage the additional capacity which is expected over the winter months we need more volunteers to join the service. We are looking for those special people who want to help and make a real difference to someone who has just returned home from hospital.”
To register your interest or to find out more information please contact the volunteers office by emailing volunteers@nnuh.nhs.uk or telephone 01603 286060.

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