Early ambitions to provide hospital care

To highlight Volunteers Week 2022, we spoke to our amazing volunteers to find out what they love about helping patients and staff in Liverpool University Hospitals.

With ambitions to work in medicine and help people, 16-year-old Sozy Ahmed recently began volunteering within the Royal.

“I thought this would be the ideal way to start getting experience of a hospital environment and supporting patients because I’m hoping to have a career in medicine,” said Sozy, who is currently in sixth form.

“I’ve found volunteering really enjoyable. I work in the main entrance, helping patients to find their way to the clinic or ward they need to attend, I’ve discovered there is so much diversity in the range of services the hospital provides. It can be daunting for patients finding their way around a big hospital, especially if they’re anxious, I can help them relax before an appointment.

“It’s rewarding helping patients, guiding and reassuring patients that it’s going to be ok and making them feel happy and at ease.”

New starters are given plenty of training and advice, such as how to interact with patients, any safeguarding issues. Sozy added: “It’s all really informative and they made it easy to begin volunteering in the hospital.

“I’m looking forward to being able to provide more one-on-one support and comfort to patients when I turn 18 and can help on the wards in the New Royal hospital.”

If you would like to join #TeamLUHFT as a volunteer at either the Royal, Aintree or Broadgreen email: volunteer.enquiries@liverpoolft.nhs.uk