Our volunteer programmes are based at Waikato and Thames hospitals. Other activities also take place at Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Tokoroa hospitals and at our continuing care facilities in Te Awamutu (Matariki) and Morrinsville (Rhoda Read). The following is a small selection of the many different volunteer roles we offer at Waikato Hospital. We do not always have vacancies on our volunteer teams.
For further information please contact our Volunteer coordinator.
Hospital hosts provide direction, hospitality and information to patients and visitors.
They provide physical and wheelchair assistance to those people who find it difficult to reach clinics and wards.
St John Friends of the Emergency Department (FEDs)
St John FEDS support the work of our staff in the Emergency Department by providing assistance and reassurance to patients. They offer a listening ear and practical help with tasks like phone calls, ensuring people are warm and comfortable, and being a valuable link to staff. St John FEDS are recruited through St John.
Please contact the Hamilton branch of St John for application details.
Chaplaincy assistants work under the guidance of our hospital chaplains providing pastoral care to inpatients in wards and departments.
Please contact the Chaplain's Department, Waikato Hospital, for further information about being a chaplaincy assistant.
Our Waikids playroom is a licensed early childcare centre located on one of our children’s wards. Waikids volunteers assist staff in the provision of activities and learning opportunities for hospitalised children and help provide a safe and inviting child-friendly environment.
Medical records volunteers
Medical records volunteers work in the filing areas of departments and assist staff with filing backlogs and other administrative tasks such as photocopying and culling old medical records.
Transit Lounge volunteers
Transit Lounge volunteers support patients in our Transit Lounge by:
- providing comfort, support and information
- providing reassurance and a listening ear
- helping patients make telephone calls
- assisting with meals under the direction and at the request of staff
- escorting patients out to cars upon pick up.
Chapel helpers volunteer on Sunday mornings and help our patients get to our Sunday chapel service. They work with a team of others including chapel support teams from other churches.
Their main role is to:
- visit wards and liaise with nursing staff and patients to ascertain who wants and is able to attend the chapel service and who requires help to get there
- provide physical assistance to elderly and disabled persons and others in need so that they may attend the chapel service
- escort people to the chapel service as required, including those in wheelchairs and in beds, and return them after the service.
Volunteers to play our piano
We are looking for volunteers who can play a good tune, something happy and joyful, and who enjoy playing for others.
If you would like to volunteer to play and are available on weekdays between 11am and 2pm, please register your interest here.