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Coronavirus: Urgent appeal for hospital volunteers

Coronavirus: Urgent appeal for hospital volunteers

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 5:34am 23rd March 2020.

Harrogate District Hospital issues urgent plea

  • Hospital bosses are looking for more volunteers to help during the coronavirus outbreak,
  • Roles needed include administrative and manual handling jobs.
  • Volunteers need to be between 16 and 70-years-old and have no underlying medical conditions.

Harrogate District Hospital has put out an urgent appeal for volunteers to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

The hospital said it is looking for support staff for administrative and manual handling roles after a number of existing volunteers decided to stand down.

Volunteers will need to be aged between 16 and 70, not be pregnant and have no underlying medical conditions.

Volunteer services manager Andrew Forsyth said:

“It’s amazing how flexible our volunteers can be and we are missing them greatly during what is a busy time.

“Whilst we will welcome them back when this is over, we have some important gaps to fill. We thank you in advance for your support.”

Volunteers will need to be aged between 16 and 70, not to be pregnant and have no underlying medical conditions as listed on the NHS 111 website.

And to protect patients, carers and visitors, all new volunteers must undergo a recruitment process involving two references and undergo a criminal records check.

They will also get training for their specific roles.

Anyone who can help should complete and return an application form, available by clicking here

More details are available by emailing hdft.volunteering@nhs.net