Building works at the St George Hospital Cancer Care Centre commenced this week, resulting in closure of the existing front entrance.
Volunteers from the Cancer Council were on hand to help with directions to the alternative access point, which is via the main hospital entrance (Gray Street) and along the corridor. Clear way finding signage has also been put in place.
St George Hospital has recently expanded to include Dog Therapy, in partnership with PAWS Pet Therapy.
Every Wednesday, specially trained Labrador Roxy visits the Aged Care Precinct Ward to provide company, smiles and memories of patients’ own pets.
2018 SESLHD Improvement and Innovation Awards - Wayfinding Volunteers
The Wayfinding volunteers at St George Hospital were announced as winners of the Volunteer of the Year category at the recently held awards ceremony.
Ninette was nominated in the 'Adult Category' for providing patient companionship and using her own initiative in bringing joy and making a real difference to inpatient care by offering up her free time with patient hair cuts to our longer term patients.
Making patients smile
Patient Eileen Harlow has been in St George Hospital for 9 weeks and was delighted to have volunteer hairdresser Ninette Manassa drop by to cut and style her hair. Ms Manassa and her daughter Natalie Khoury visit the Aged Care Ward one day each week to cut and style patients’ hair. “We average around 5 style cuts each week. It’s so rewarding to see people feel good about themselves – the smile on their face is priceless,” Ms Manassa said.
St George Hospital sincerely thanks its volunteers who give freely of their time to provide services to our staff, patients and their families!
Winner of the Engaging with Consumers, Carers and the Community award, Michelle Davidson (Volunteers Manager)
Volunteers were acknowledged and honoured at an appreciation ceremony morning tea in the St George Hospital Research and Education Centre on Thursday 5 October, 2017.
Leisa Rathborne, General Manager, St George Hospital, personally thanked the volunteers for their tremendous efforts in providing valuable support to patients, families and staff.
“St George Hospital is fortunate to have the support of 140 volunteers who assist in many ways,” Leisa said.
“This is an opportunity to recognise our volunteers and to reflect on how lucky we are to have them.
“Our volunteers work alongside staff or behind the scenes providing immeasurable contributions. They provide service, support and good cheer to patients, visitors and staff.”
In recognition of their outstanding contribution, 11 volunteers, who had a combined total of 191 years of voluntary service were presented with awards.
Eileen Ellsmore announced as a finalist for the senior category. Eileen commenced volunteering at St George Hospital in 1979 and assists the staff members within the Emergency Department.
The St George Hospital Wayfinding team has won the award for NSW Volunteer Team of the Year for the South Sydney Region.
The Wayfinding program is a new initiative that was only introduced at St George Hospital in February 2017. The program complements transition to work activities assisting young adults living with a disability to gain valuable real life work experience and skills.
Volunteers Joshua, Ethan, Jake, Huw and Harrison, joined the program to assist the many patients, carers and visitors needing help to navigate the hospital, particularly due to the current redevelopment and expansion works.
Speaking about the awards, Gemma Rygate, CEO of the Centre for Volunteering said: “Volunteering is a mutual gift, delivering rewards to both the giver and the receiver. Volunteering contributes $290 billion to Australia’s economic and social good. This year there has been a record number of nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Awards, with almost 110,000 volunteers recognised across all categories.”
Eileen Ellsmore, another valuable volunteer at St George Hospital, was a finalist in the category of Senior Volunteer of the Year. The team are now entered into the final of the Volunteer of the Year 2017 to be announced at a gala event in December.
2017 Volunteer of the Year Douglas Park with Gerry Marr (SESLHD Chief Executive)
St George Volunteer Wayfinders at the 2017 Community Open Day
The volunteers assisted with more than 1000 community members, staff and their families touring the new St George Hospital Acute Services Building on Saturday 14 October 2017.
St George Hospital recently welcomed three young adult volunteers, Ethan, Jake and Joshua (pictured), who joined the volunteer service to assist the community and the hospitals redevelopment way-finding requirements.
The volunteers are recent school leavers with a mild intellectual disability, who are volunteering at St George Hospital as part of a transition to work program. The program teaches the participants life skills for future paid employment.
St George Hospital welcomes these young adults, and looks forward to supporting them through a positive and welcoming environment.
The way-finding program is seeking further volunteer assistance from interested community members and any enquiries can be sent onto SESLHD-STG-Volunteers@health.nsw.gov.au
Volunteer of the Year Jan Dennis with Gerry Marr (SESLHD Chief Executive)