East Surrey Hospital calls for volunteers

East Surrey Hospital
East Surrey Hospital

Building work is underway for the cancer support centre at East Surrey Hospital – but now health bosses are looking for volunteers.

The £1.5 million centre, set to open by the end of 2015, provide support services for people affected by cancer as well as their families and friends. Patients, family and carers will benefit from specialist help in a friendly, non-clinical environment at the centre, which is the result of a partnership between Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Macmillan and with the support of The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre in Crawley.

Shelagh Sheldrick, centre manager, said: “We want to be able to offer our patients a range of complimentary therapies including acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, meditation and yoga so we would really like to hear from qualified practitioners who have these or other complementary therapy, counselling or coaching skills.

“Patients and their family and carers will also be able to get financial advice as well as psychological and emotional support. Our volunteers can help us make a real difference and enable us to bring a wide range of services to the heart of the community.”

The trust would like to hear from general volunteers who can help in a variety of roles including meeting and greeting, administration and making refreshments.

To find out more please get in touch with Shelagh at informationcentre.sash@nhs.net

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