New website set up for volunteers offering support to NHS staff
Volunteers who are keen to offer their services to help the county’s hospitals during the Covid-19 outbreak can now offer their support quickly and easily via a new website.
The Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals have been overwhelmed with offers of support from the public keen to give practical support to help staff and patients.
The new website offers a single point of contact to help hospital staff manage the many and varied offers that are coming in.
Anna Sterckx, Head of Patient, Carer and Public Engagement at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our hospital staff are working tirelessly to manage what is an unprecedented situation and we have all been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and generosity from our local communities. This website offers us a way of effectively managing the range of support that is being offered, helping us to ensure that volunteers are being utilised in the best way so they have maximum benefit for our staff and patients, whether that is making a cup of tea, helping with pop-up shops, unloading goods, collecting medicines, or helping to transfer patients between departments.”
Anyone who is fit and healthy, over 18 and not displaying any of the main symptoms of Coronavirus can offer their help. Once on the website, they will be asked how they can offer support – whether that be volunteering at a hospital, becoming a driver, offering telephone support, or offering community support.
To volunteer visit: www.worcsacute.nhs.uk and click on the ‘Help our Hospitals’ tab, or visit the site directly at: http://whitsapps-001-site1.ctempurl.com/AppOfHelp/