Joseph Dean pic.jpgJoseph Dean has been volunteering for the last month at the medical workforce staffing hub at the West Cumberland Hospital.

“I started in the hub at the hospital on April 12.

“The hospital is very quiet as all visiting has stopped because of the Coronavirus.

“Part of my role is to take messages of hope from patients loved ones to the wards and some personal belongings too.

“Over a very short period of time my role became very busy as members of the public started donating all kinds of goods to the hospital.

“I helped sort and deliver to all the departments and wards to help the hospital run smoothly - making sure that everyone got something.

“There has been some sad times when some family members have been called in to the hospital to say their goodbyes to loved ones. I took some of the families to the wards and handed them over to staff so they were not on their own

“When normal service resumes I will go back to my main role as a Meet and Greet helping members of the public get to the department they need to be at.

“It's been an honour and privilege to work with a hard working team of people under extraordinary circumstances.

“All the staff at the hospital put others before themselves. They are amazing.

“I played a small part in the hospital and found that everyone is very important in what they do to make a hospital run smoothly.

“I'm very proud to volunteer at the West Cumberland Hospital and I will continue to do so for as long as I'm required.”

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