Seventeen -year- old South Wilts Grammar School student Emma Preedy will be rewarded for her dedication and commitment to patients when she will be presented with the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Young Volunteer Award at Salisbury District Hospital on July 15.
Emma, who is currently doing her A Levels and planning to study medicine in the future, spent around two hours a week over the last year helping patients and staff on Laverstock Ward.
During this time she has provided additional support to ward staff , helping with tea rounds, serving meals and making beds.
Emma said: " Volunteering has given me an opportunity to give something back to the NHS and I’ve got to know so many patients and staff who made me feel welcome right from my first day. I have found the caring and devoted work of staff on Laverstock Ward outstanding, and have felt privileged to aid them in any small way I can in helping patients on the ward."
Emma added: "My time on Laverstock Ward has taught me a great deal, particularly about the importance of the NHS as an organisation with teams of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, health visitors, porters, chaplains - all working together to ensure the best possible care for their patients. This has helped in my decision to pursue Medicine at University, and the skills I have gained over the last year will be invaluable to me in the future."
Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: "It’s particularly pleasing to see that Emma’s dedication and commitment will continue to benefit patients as she looks towards a career in the health service. It’s always nice to recognise the achievements of our young volunteers and, in doing so, I want to thank Emma for all the time she has given us on behalf of our patients and wish her well when she pursues her medical career in the future."
Notes to editors:
Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the presentation of the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Young Volunteer Award at 12.30pm on Friday, July 15 in Springs Restaurant, Salisbury District Hospital. If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below)
The Trust currently has over 600 volunteers who give up around 1,900 hours a week of their free time to provide extra support across a whole range of hospital services over the year.
If anyone is interested in volunteering at Salisbury District Hospital please contact Jo Jarvis in the Voluntary Services Department on 01722 336262, extension 4026
For further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ
T: 01722 336262 E: CustomerCare@salisbury.nhs.uk
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