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VOLUNTEERING CORONAVIRUS


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ELECT Finance Assistant Carly Hamilton is preparing to start a new role – visiting hospital patients to help them overcomes loneliness caused by lockdown.


The 28-year-old has volunteered to drop in to the wards at the Royal Infi rmary of Edinburgh, liaising between patients and their families and helping to ease the workload on health staff .


After receiving training and her


fi rst vaccination, Carly will spend a minimum of three hours a week at the Infi rmary, which is just a short walk from her home in from Gilmerton, Edinburgh. She said: “I like to think of myself as a caring person and wanted to do it as I felt it would benefi t patients to have a bit of normal conversation, especially as a lot of people still can’t have visitors.


Carly cares for others


Lockdown has been a lonely time for many hospital patients, so our Finance Assistant is helping out by visiting them for a friendly chat


“My gran is also in a care home and I found it really diffi cult not being able to go and see her. It made me realise that other people might not have any contact with their family, so a friend who’d been volunteering suggested I do it.”


Carly underwent three online training sessions in March to prepare her for the weekly visits. She will now sit and chat with patients of all ages, helping them make video calls to family if they’re not tech-savvy.


16 CABLEtalk APRIL/MAY 2021


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