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Dr Mark Harrison with volunteers David Young and Pauline Curwen and (left) Lynn McCormack, volunteer services manager at Northumbria Healthcare.

Dr Mark Harrison with volunteers David Young and Pauline Curwen and (left) Lynn McCormack, volunteer services manager at Northumbria Healthcare.

Volunteers are helping bring comfort and support to people attending A&E at Wansbeck General Hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is piloting having volunteers to provide a friendly face as part of its Hospital Volunteer Service.

Dr Mark Harrison, A&E consultant, said: “Having to attend A&E in an emergency can be extremely daunting.

“Having the volunteers there really makes a difference to these people.

“They’re someone to talk to while they wait for results, or to be transferred to a different part of the hospital which reduces the feeling of isolation and anxiety that they may feel in this situation.”

For more visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/volunteers or contact (0191) 203 1661.

 

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