Volunteers accept patient invitation to Come Dine with Me

Seventeen volunteers have accepted an invitation to “come dine with me” from patients at Southport and Formby District Hospital

Come Dine with Me launched in the spring to find dining companions to sit with patients and give them help at meal times.

Denise Lawless, of Formby, was one of the first volunteers to come forward. “I wanted to get experience on a hospital ward because I want to go to university to do nursing,” she said.

Another volunteer Jeff Byrne, from Marshside, Southport, fits in his volunteering around a masters course in biomedical science at Keele University. “I want to go into medicine and I’ve found it really rewarding,” he said.

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

“This is vital support for some patients who don’t receive any visitors and may be lonely or anxious or suffering from a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s.”

People interested in becoming a Come Dine with Me volunteer should contact Chris Pilkington on 01704 704955 or email chris.pilkington@nhs.net. Training for the role is provided and volunteers must be available at meal times.

Maim picture above shows Come Dine with Me volunteers Jeff Byrne, of Marshside, Southport; Kendal Wareing, of Southport; Liz Fleetwood, from the Trust’s procurement team; and, Denise Lawless, of Formby.

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Picture above: Jeff Byrne with patient Rosemarie Millar, of Skelmersdale, on ward 7a.

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