The volunteers back in the hospital

Les bénévoles de retour dans les hôpitaux

MONTREAL | Several volunteers made their way back in the hospitals of the province, after weeks of shutdown due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

This is particularly the case at the Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine in Montreal, where twenty of them were returned to their duties in the last days.

During long weeks, the young patients, their parents and the medical teams have had to go without the help of 300 volunteers who are involved each week in this hospital.

“Some patients did not have the chance to have their family around them. So, sometimes it was crying a lot, other times it was boredom,” said Saturday the chief of voluntary service at the CHU Sainte-Justine, Dominique Paré.

The nursing staff met by TVA Nouvelles is pleased with the return of these volunteers in the various services.

“Yes, it makes us really good! We have a lot of babies who are all alone. So, just having a pair of arms to give them a bit of love, it is really very appreciated,” said a caregiver.

“I’m a lot bored. It looks like I’ve thought about them all the time, I felt I was too useless,” said Helen Plant, one of the volunteers.

“I know that there are very strict rules that are applied, and it is safe, so I had no fear,” added Lina Rénald, another volunteer.

Some have even chosen not to come back.

“There’s a lot that we have expressed the desire to close their record of volunteer or simply to wait a few months, because they are very fearful,” said Ms. Paré.

The volunteers are tested as new employees who come in the institution, wishes to clarify the hospital.

Moreover, not all the services of the CHU Sainte-Justine, where the volunteers are allowed.

Thus, in neonatology, it is considered that it would be too dangerous of infecting the infants who are first born with weaknesses and health problems.

The voluntary service of the CHU Sainte-Justine has existed since the creation of the centre hospitalier

Over the next few weeks, we hope to double the number of volunteers within the hospital, depending on the evolution of the health situation.

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