Chance to help others get around the hospital

Vic navigators Maureen Bradshaw and Sue Sunter with Catherine Henshaw.
Vic navigators Maureen Bradshaw and Sue Sunter with Catherine Henshaw.
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital is in need of volunteers to help guide patients and visitors around the site.

The navigators at The Vic are hard to miss with their bright orange tops, but they are already proving an invaluable asset in helping people at stressful times get to where they need to be.

And the need is so big, the existing volunteers are struggling to meet demand.

Assistant volunteer co-ordinator, Catherine Henshaw, said: “We really want to be able to have navigators on hand for patients and visitors from 8am until 8pm.

“We currently have 65 great navigators but need more to make our goals achievable. With a full complement of trained navigators the public will be able to get around the hospital quicker and easier.”

Navigators receive full training on getting around the hospital as well as dealing with patients, especially those with dementia. They also meet for social gatherings including meals and trips to help form new friendships.

It is estimated that, on an average day, a navigator will walk around six miles around the hospital.

The volunteers are based at either end of the hospital – at The Vic’s new main entrance and at the outpatients department.

Volunteers are asked to do a minimum of three hours a week, though they are welcome to do more.

To find out more, or to sign up, contact Catherine on (01253) 951977 or e-mail