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Slough Samaritans begin volunteering at Wexham Park Hospital

Charlotte Heady

Volunteers from Slough Samaritans have begun working alongside doctors and nurses in Wexham Park Hospital’s emergency department (ED) to support to patients and staff.

The volunteers are on hand fortnightly on Monday evenings to provide emotional support and comfort to anyone who needs it.

They also offer ongoing support and contact for individuals who need further help.

A similar and successful service has been running for the past five years at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, which like Wexham Park is run by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Cheryl Meineke, lead for the Samaritans’ service at the trust, said: “I believe the service offered by the Samaritans is a fantastic support for both patients and staff and am delighted that we have been able to benefit from it for the past five years at Frimley.

“Our staff are trained to care for the whole patient, not just their physical injury or illness, but the presence of the Samaritans volunteers adds an extra dimension to patient care — it is very reassuring and allows staff to focus on their clinical roles better.”

Contact Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org

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