We all need to stay at home to protect ourselves and others. However, those who are well and not at risk can provide essential support for their family, friends and neighbours who cannot leave the house.

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West Lothian NHS Trust

Current opportunities

Key Responsibilities  Obtain information from the VSM regarding patient’s name, address and any accompanying passengers including relevant details about the person’s condition or directions.  Transporting the patient(s) to the required destination at the agreed time.  Warmly greeting the patient, introducing yourself and any other patients who may be travelling in your car, making them feel welcome and comfortable.  Before driving off, ensure that the patient is comfortable and secure in the car then proceed to your destination at a speed to give your passenger the maximum comfort and confidence.  To report any matter of concern to the VSM.  To maintain confidentiality regarding information relating to patients and staff.

Maintaining enclosed garden areas within St John’s Hospital.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES  Social and diversional activities to help patients have a more positive experience whilst in hospital e.g. games, reading, chatting  Supporting the preparation and assisting of refreshments and at mealtimes  Physical activities – accompanying patients for walks with the consent of nurse in charge - Competencies – Assessed by Physio or Occupational Therapist  Assisting Occupational Therapists if required in rehabilitation activities  Alerting nursing staff if you are concerned about the patient GUIDELINES  Never feel too busy to chat with patients or to join in patient activities  Respect privacy when staff are dealing with a patient  Any concerns re your volunteering role please speak to staff on the ward.  If you cannot attend for volunteering please let the ward know as soon as possible  Please advise the ward and the Voluntary Services Manager if you are no longer able to continue in your volunteer role.