Health and Social Care student Kate Husband is one of the many students at Prior Pursglove College who gives up their free time to be a volunteer. Here she tells us what it’s like to be a volunteer at James Cook University Hospital.
“As part of my work as a therapeutic care volunteer at James Cook University Hospital, I get to visit many different wards and experience what life is like for the patients and the many skilled practitioners who work there.
On my first day volunteering at the hospital, I was able to help on the stroke ward, and was given a great insight into how patients can cope with their condition in different ways. I love to see how friendly all of the staff are on the wards, and to be able to help put a smile on somebody’s face by having a chat, or playing a game with them. I was amazed at how brave the patients were, and how they adapted to their treatments and surroundings in the hospital.
Volunteering on the stroke ward gave me a real insight into what a stroke is and how it can affect somebody’s life. However, more importantly the patients inspired me with their cheery, optimistic attitudes to adapting to their condition and it was a pleasure to work with them all.
I love the buzz I get from volunteering, and it has also managed to help me with my college work, as being in the hospital environment and on the stroke ward gave me a realistic idea of how a ward of that nature works. In addition this has helped enormously with my health and social care work, as I am currently studying an examined unit on health conditions such as a stroke, and being able to work with patients who are recovering gives me an idea of how it has effected them in many ways. Enabling me to apply what I see on the wards to assist my examination answers.
I would encourage anyone to become a therapeutic care volunteer as it gives you the best feeling to make a difference to someone else’s day. It has made me more aware of what goes on in the hospital environment and how everyone works together to provide the best care possible for the patients in need.”