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Hospital Trust seeks volunteers for new role

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is looking for enthusiastic people to join a new team of 'Volunteer Response Porters'.

Associate director of nursing, Jason Cram, explains, "We have over 300 volunteers working in all kinds of roles, helping support the delivery of the best possible patient care and experience.  They're an invaluable part of our team, providing better outcomes for patient and help keep our services running smoothly.

"Our Volunteer Response Porters will be based at either Darlington Memorial Hospital or University Hospital of North Durham undertaking various responsibilities.  We anticipate they'll quickly become essential in the day to day business of running our busy hospitals.  Becoming a Volunteer Response Porter will be an excellent way to meet new people and gain experience of working within an NHS environment. 

"There are only two criteria for applying - you need to be over 18 and able to provide two references.  Of course, you'll also be of good character and have a caring nature."

The Trust is holding two open sessions for anyone interested to come along and find out more, without obligation:

Friday, 28 February 2020 - Hollies Restaurant, in the basement, Darlington Memorial Hospital, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 - Meeting Room 7 Prospect House, Aykley Heads, DH1 5AN, 3.00pm - 5.00pm.

For more details and to register your interest please email:  jane.hesford@nhs.net  or just call in to one of the above sessions.to see us on the day.

 

Published 17th Feb 2020

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital