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Patient pushing power urgently needed


The Royal Devon & Exeter has a shortage of volunteers to assist patients in wheelchairs toBetty Poulton being pushed to the Chapel by volunteer Alison Turnpenny attend the hospital chapel Sunday service.


The hospital would like to recruit at least eight volunteers to be available one weekend in four for this valued activity best summed up by RD&E patient Betty Poulton. Betty really appreciates having a helping hand with her mobility so she can attend the weekly service at the RD&E Wonford hospital. She was herself one of the first volunteers to carry out this duty at Heavitree hospital 30 years ago.


Betty said “When we were hospital volunteers, my husband and I used to go to the hospital and push the patients in wheelchairs from their beds to the 8am service, then we’d rush back and have our breakfast before going to the service at St Matthews Church. It is wonderful that volunteers are still taking patients to Chapel after all these years. It has really made a difference to me. When you come into hospital everything is different and confusing and it’s easy to get very low, so it is lovely to have someone come and see you and spend time talking to you.”


RD&E chaplain Juliet Horwood said: “The volunteers do a great and much needed job in the hospital. The difference they make to patients is truly appreciated. We are so indebted to people like Betty who so graciously gave up their time for the needs of others, and do so with such professionalism, enthusiasm, and always with a smile. At the moment we have a shortage of volunteers to push patients in wheelchairs to the service on a Sunday morning.”


To find out more about this role contact the chaplaincy team on 01392 402024 or Jackie Perry, RD&E Volunteer Lead on 01392 406058.
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