Volunteers in general practice

Volunteers in your organization can help achieve all the following objectives, complementing the work of paid staff.

Helping improve patients’ safety

  • Conducting research into staff attitudes towards infection control that helped the Infection Control team review how they approached staff
  • Replenishing leaflets and posters around the hospital to support program such as the ‘Wash Your Hands’ campaign

Emergency responder volunteers all over the country are trained to use defibrillators and can respond to emergencies in shopping centres, railway stations, at sporting events and in rural communities, before the paramedics can get there.

Helping provide effective care

Volunteers hold the hand of patients undergoing cataract surgery under local anaesthetic, enabling the patient to communicate with the clinical team during the operation. Surgeons say that these patients are noticeably more relaxed, making the operation quicker and simpler.

Helping tackle health inequality

Patient transport schemes in rural areas enable individuals without cars to attend out patient appointments, or visit relatives in hospital – delivered by volunteers.

Many podiatrists work with volunteers who will provide initial foot care for elderly people who are no longer able to cut their toenails. This helps the individuals to stay ambulant and the volunteers are trained to identify and refer anything that needs professional attention.

Helping provide personalized services

Volunteer ‘dining companions’ can encourage elderly patients to eat whilst they’re in hospital, supporting their general recovery

 

 

More information

Canadian Medical Association - Volunteer Opportunities

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