The surgical wards treat and care for patients who have surgical conditions that require an operation. This could be anything from general surgery - a hernia for example - to more complicated surgery - such as removal of a facial cancer.
You would be involved in welcoming patients, carers, relatives and visitors to the surgical ward, which includes providing care of the elderly. Ward volunteers provide companionship and support to patients, some of whom maybe in hospital for a long period of time.
You can also help staff encourage eating and drinking by assisting at mealtimes (see Mealtime Assistant role). Support the ward by running errands, fetching patient notes, prescriptions, taking samples to Pathology or going to the shop for our patients.
Helping patients with the completion of Friends and Family questionnaires will provide the hospital with important feedback to maintain high its standards of patient care.
This role would suit anyone who likes to be busy, enjoys interacting with lots of different people and is a good listener or just wishing to give something back to the NHS and local community.
It may also be useful experience to anyone studying or looking to follow a career in an acute healthcare trust such as:
- Healthcare assistant