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Issue:- 27 June 2013

Call for volunteers to support older people in hospital

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Royal Voluntary Services are working in partnership to develop a service at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals aimed at improving the well-being of older patients during their stay.

This integrated approach between health and social care will focus on the needs of older patients with long-term conditions including dementia.

To provide this service, we are looking for volunteers who will be part of the on-ward team complimenting patient care at the hospital.

The help and support provided by volunteers will include befriending, diversion therapy, companionship, reading and techniques to stimulate the patient's appetite, and improve social activity.

Liz Yates, Director of Nursing and Quality, said:- "We are thrilled the Royal Voluntary Service has chosen to support patients in this way and I know there will be many local people who want to get involved. This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to make a difference to the lives of people in need while enjoying the personal satisfaction and reward volunteering can bring."

Volunteers will be needed over a seven day period between 10am and 9pm, and are asked to give a minimum of 2 hours on the day they attend.

Everyone will receive full NHS mandatory training alongside specific dementia training and successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Erika O'Shea on:- 01704 705 156. Email or visit:-

Formby student published in international journal

6th Former Jonathan Sheridan undertook a Nuffield Trust science placement at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) last summer.

He worked with Professor Stephen Gordon and his team in the Respiratory and Immunological Department for 6 weeks assisting with a number of projects and investigations.

A review paper co-authored by Jonathan whilst he was at the LSTM has recently been published in the African Journal of Respiratory Medicine!

Jonathan is studying A Level Biology, Chemistry and Biology at Formby High School and is hoping to study natural sciences at degree level in London. He said:- "It was an exhilarating experience and it opened my eyes to research science."

Science is one of Formby High School's subject specialism's, to find out more please visit:-

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