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Right Arrow Volunteers accept patient invitation to Come Dine with Me
03 October 2013 at 12:49

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 Training for the role is provided and volunteers must be available at meal times.

Picture 1 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.

Picture 2 shows Jeff Byrne with patient Rosemarie Millar, of Skelmersdale, on ward 7a.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. The role of a Come Dine with Me companion is to sit with a patient on a one-to-one basis and provide assistance to help them eat. The volunteers enhance patients’ eating and drinking experience and can spend more uninterrupted time with patients than nursing staff. The volunteers do not undertake duties of trained members of staff but simply donate their time to sit and provide companionship for those patients who need it.

2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.