Hospital Gets Help
Help Murcia Mar Menor is proud to present it´s hospital visiting team. Our dedicated volunteers visit the University Hospital Los Arcos Del Mar Menor throughout the year on a twice weekly rota basis, to chat with English speaking patients of any nationality. Besides offering a friendly face in a sometimes frightening situation, they are able to provide a wide range of aid and support.
Many worrying situations include being ill alone in Spain, incorrect, out-dated or no paperwork, holidaymakers needing support, having an elderly and/or infirm partner at home who are unable to cope, pets left unattended, houses left open, cars left in the hospital car park – the list is endless.
Occasionally problems are much more difficult but with the wealth of information stored in our office together with the good common sense our volunteers can make light of many an awkward situation. Even arranging a hairdresser can brighten up someone’s day.
The volunteers (carrying written permission) pass through the hospital armed with a smile, magazines and leaflets which inform the patients of the resources available to them after they leave hospital, such as meals services, help in the home, acquiring mobility and bathing equipment, free transport services and we believe more importantly the feeling of not being alone, that someone out there really does care.
From time to time we are contacted by social workers from other hospitals in the Murcia region to see if we can assist, we receive calls from the British consulate in Alicante who ask us to give support to other patients and their families and family members themselves ring the office to ask for help.
Our hospital visiting team is a very successful part of the charity Help Murcia Mar Menor and in the future we are hoping to extend this service to other hospitals within the Murcia region.
The hospital visiting team in the photograph is from left to right, back row. Trish Brister, Sue Savage, Marion Sharp, Jenny Watson, Thelma Manning, Geb Johnson, Brenda Butterworth, Maureen Taplin, Ann Sheperson. Front Row.
Leonie Parkes, Barbara Hume, Viv Churchill, June Baker, Mary Johnson, Betty Newbigging, and Audrey Haigh.
For more information on Hospital Visiting or any other questions about Help M.M.M. please feel free to contact our office in Los Alcazares on 968 570 059, or visit us in person at Calle Penelope 11, Los Alcazares, situated behind the Deutshe Bank. Office opening hours Monday to Friday 10am to 1.30pm.