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MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) volunteers provide a key supporting role within the hospital. There are several different areas in which people can volunteer at MDHB.

 
If you have got some spare time and are interested in volunteering at MDHB then read on to see what opportunities are available.

 

Volunteers

 
 

Trolley run and Magazines


People wanting to volunteer are asked to complete an application form and undergo a police check before being accepted into the volunteer pool. Once this process is complete the Volunteer will be ‘buddied up’ with an experienced volunteer to learn the role and to give the new volunteer an opportunity to see if volunteering at MDHB is right for them. Within the hospital environment volunteers are split into teams who distribute magazines, run trolleys from which patients can buy essential items and food, or help  in the garden of tranquility. To be a volunteer at MDHB you should be available for at least one morning per month between 9am and 11.30am on weekdays for the trolley or magazine runs. Volunteering in the garden is more flexible.
 
In return MDHB supports the volunteers by providing orientation, health and safety courses, identification cards and free car parking. In addition, annual general meetings and Christmas functions are held in recognition of the excellent service volunteers provide. Please contact Human Resources for more information on volunteering telephone (06) 350 8204



As a Friend of the Emergency Department (FEDs) volunteer you will provide comfort, information and support to patients who are undergoing or awaiting treatment in hospital emergency departments. As a non-clinical volunteer the focus of the position will be acting in a supportive capacity only to comfort patients while allowing the medical professionals to concentrate on clinical activities. No medical care will be provided by FEDs volunteers.
As a Friend of the Emergency Department (FEDs) volunteer you will provide comfort, information and support to patients who are undergoing or awaiting treatment in hospital emergency departments. As a non-clinical volunteer the focus of the position will be acting in a supportive capacity only to comfort patients while allowing the medical professionals to concentrate on clinical activities. No medical care will be provided by FEDs volunteers.
 
St John are recruiting volunteers who are prepared to do one four hour shift a week. The organisation wants to establish a pool of people who will collectively provide 12 hours of cover a day, seven days a week.
 
In return, all FEDs will receive introductory training and will be able to attend additional training in other subjects from time to time. Once recruits have the preliminary skills required, they are assigned a duty shift where they will work alongside other St John people and Hospital ED staff. FEDs will be provided with resources and assistance to enable them to do the best job possible. People interested in volunteering as a Friend of the Emergency Department should phone St John on freephone 0800 785 646.
 


Meals on Wheels is a service delivering meals to members of the community who, because of their age, illness or disability, are unable to prepare their own meals. The service is administered by SSL Health Care Services, who assess needs and coordinate the deliveries required. Volunteers pick up the meals from the hospital, making deliveries in the community. Volunteers must have their own car, current driver’s licenses and an interest in helping people in need. For more information on volunteering for Meals on Wheels please contact SSL Health Care Services. If you need to contact Meals on Wheels you can phone them on 06 356 9169 extn 4030.
 

Shuttle Drivers (Fleetwise)

 
The Fleetwise carpark shuttle provides free transport around the DHB carpark for patients and visitors. The carpark shuttle is managed by Fleetwise and driven by a group of dedicated volunteers who generously give up their own time to provide the service. The vehicle chosen as the carpark shuttle is a hybrid vehicle which means that a helpful service is provided in an environmentally responsible way. The volunteers say it is “a relaxing way to spend time meeting new people and helping them find their way”. To become a carpark shuttle volunteer please phone Fleetwise head office on (06) 356 1084.

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