Harrogate Hospital appeal for additional volunteers as number of Covid-19 cases increases across Yorkshire

Harrogate District Hospital has put out an urgent appeal for volunteers to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 2:41 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 2:44 pm

The hospital said it is looking for support staff for administrative and manual handling roles after a number of existing volunteers decided to stand down.

Volunteer services manager Andrew Forsyth said: “It’s amazing how flexible our volunteers can be and we are missing them greatly during what is a busy time.

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Harrogate hospital has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

“Whilst we will welcome them back when this is over, we have some important gaps to fill. We thank you in advance for your support.”

Volunteers will need to be aged between 16 and 70, not to be pregnant and have no underlying medical conditions as listed on the NHS 111 website (111.nhs.uk).

And to protect patients, carers and visitors, all new volunteers must undergo a recruitment process involving two references and an enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service, as well as training for specific roles.

Public Health England has confirmed that there are 170 cases of coronavirus in Yorkshire.

There are 5,018 positive cases of coronavirus across the UK. 233 people have died.

This is correct as of 8pm on Saturday, March 21.

Anyone who can help should complete and return an application form, available at www.hdft.nhs.uk/Volunteering

More details are available by emailing [email protected]

Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporting Service