Caring students volunteering on the wards at Queen’s Hospital
A group of five Havering Sixth Form College students with dreams of becoming doctors are currently helping as volunteers at Queen’s Hospital, Romford – and are loving the experience.
The students, Rory Fitzroy, Ashleigh Christie, Farah Bachar, Elizabeth Egundebi and Gyrie Pocais, are all on the College’s Medics programme and are aiming to study Medicine at University and go on to work in the medical professions.
They are the first ever cohort on the Students in Volunteering Programme which is being run by BHR Hospitals Trust – and it is proving a highly successful project for both the hospital, the students and the patients.
As part of their duties, the students carry out small tasks on the wards and have been trained to feed patients at mealtimes. They also spend time talking to those who do not receive many visitors, and assist with activities to keep patients occupied as well as completing admin and other paperwork on the ward desk.
Gyrie, from Rainham, is studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and wants to be a doctor. She said: “It is such a rewarding experience to be helping the patients. It is also very important to have done some kind of volunteering or work experience to get into Medical School so it’s also helpful for my career. I have found it really interesting and I feel very lucky.”
Elizabeth, from Goodmayes, who also wants to be a doctor and is studying the same A Levels, said the volunteering had given her a great insight into what being a doctor was really like. She said: “It has been so interesting, I love it! It’s really hands-on and just being able to watch and observe the doctors and nurses on the wards has been eye-opening. There is so much more to the job than just treating patients.”
History buff Rory, from Romford, is planning some activities for elderly patients to get them talking about the past. He said: “Bringing in history books will be a real conversation starter and we can look at pictures from different periods.”
He added: “I realised I wanted to be a doctor when I was doing my GCSEs and chose to go to Havering Sixth Form because of the Medics programme. This has been a really good experience.”
Once the six-month placement ends, the students will be able to continue their volunteer role with the Trust.
Discover what some of our students go on to achieve once they leave us on our Where Are They Now? page