Ward Helper (Midlothian Community Hospital)

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Midlothian Community Hospital provides 88 beds across several wards. These wards provide rehabilitation (over 60s), continuing care of frail elderly, palliative/end of life care, dementia care, and mental health care.
Volunteers are needed to support the wards in the following ways: chat to patients to provide mental stimulation and reduce boredom; serve teas and coffees to patients; top up patients’ water jugs; distribute food to patients at mealtimes; support the cleaning up of dishes and cutlery; interact with patient visitors; help out with any ad-hoc tasks on the ward as directed by staff.
Volunteer support is appreciated at any time during the day, but particularly over breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These are busy times on the wards where volunteer support would be most valuable.

Organisation aims and objectives

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2 hours a week

Frequency and commitment details

2 hours a week


Experience required: We are looking for volunteers who are kind, compassionate, and empathetic. You must also have strong verbal communications skills and be able to connect with people easily. Being reliable and punctual is extremely important.
Travel details: Midlothian Community Hospital is reachable by several Lothian/East Coast bus services. Free parking is also available on site.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed out of pocket expenses which are incurred when carrying out this volunteer role will be reimbursed in line with the NHS Lothian volunteer expenses policy and signed off by the Voluntary Services Manager.
Training details: The induction training is done over Microsoft Teams and will involve two sessions lasting approximately 2 hours each. The training will cover fire safety, infection control, volunteer boundaries, equality & diversity, and communicating with patients.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet