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Special thanks for Concern; Local News Extra CANNOCK.

VOLUNTEERS who helped launch a pioneering project aimed at speeding up recovery times for older hospital patients have been given special thanks.

The scheme, run jointly with Age Concern and originally launched at Cannock Chase Hospital in April, has been such a big hit with patients and staff that it is being spread to more wards there and at Staffordshire General Hospital.

Five volunteers work on Littleton Ward at Cannock, encouraging patients to eat nutritional meals, getting them involved in activities and helping with practical tasks. Another 12 are now being trained.

"They are a massive help to patients and our staff, freeing up time for nurses," said Matron Paula Gardner, who presented certificates thanking the volunteers for their dedication. Patient Elizabeth Whitham, aged 81, from Rugeley, said: "The volunteers chat to me and make me more comfortable and happy.

"I've been treated at other hospitals but had never come across a scheme like this until I came to Cannock Chase Hospital."

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THUMBS UP... back row from left, volunteers Malcolm Williams, Lyn Davis, Shirley Navin and Don Charnell. Front row, Carol Whysall, group organiser for Cannock; Janice Wood, clinical nurse operations co-ordinator; Paula Gardner, matron and lead nurse; Jennie Woodman, co-ordinator for Carer Respite Age Concern; and Elizabeth Gooch, volunteer co-ordinator for Age Concern.
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Date:Dec 18, 2007
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