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Volunteers sought for Limerick cancer information centre

HIQA: patients are being put at risk in emergency department in the University Hospital Limerick

HIQA: patients are being put at risk in emergency department in the University Hospital Limerick

 

VOLUNTEERS are being asked to help out at a new walk-in cancer information centre being planned for University Hospital Limerick by the Irish Cancer Society.

The Daffodil Centre is being planned as a support for cancer patients, their families and anybody who has an interest in cancer, its treatment and its prevention.

“It will be run by Irish Cancer Society specialist cancer nurses and trained volunteers. The Daffodil Centre at University Hospital Limerick will form part of a network of 12 centres across the country, with more planned to open in the coming months,” commented a spokesperson for the Irish Cancer Society.

Volunteers are asked to commit four hours in the morning or afternoon once a week, with no help needed at weekends.

Following successful interviews, volunteers will be asked to attend four days of training.

The work involves welcoming visitors to the centre, explaining the information and range of supports available, arranging meetings with nurses; bringing patients to hospital appointments or other services; participating in awareness campaigns and other duties.

For more information or to apply to become a trained Daffodil Centre volunteer, please contact Aoife McSwiney, Nursing Services, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd, Dublin 4; call 01 231 6635 or email amcswiney@irishcancer.ie

 

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