Come dine with me at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital

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Come dine with me at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is recruiting volunteers to take part in a new project called Come Dine with Me.

These volunteers will be known as dining companions.

The role of a dining companion will be to sit with a patient on a one-to-one basis and provide assistance to help them eat. The volunteers will help to enhance patients’ eating and drinking experience and will have more time = to spend with patients than the nursing staff, without interruptions.

The volunteers are not meant to undertake the duties of a trained member of staff, but simply donate their time to sit and provide companionship for those = patients who need it.

Angela Kelly, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “As well as helping patients with eating, the dining companion can chat, encourage them to eat and help alleviate the boredom and loneliness that can be experienced = while staying in hospital.

“This is vital to some patients who do not receive any visitors and could be lonely or anxious or may be suffering from a form of dementia or Alzheime r’s.”

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Chris Pilkington on 01704 704955 or email [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

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