Volunteer End of Life Companions Team – Aintree University Hospital NHS FT
My father died in this hospital 40 years ago and I missed him passing away by three minutes because the lifts went out of order. So I said to my wife when I got home, I said when I retire I’m going to
go back to the hospital and try and make sure that nobody’s on their own when they
pass away and that’s why I do it. Quite often we’re only called in right at the end so we don’t always get to know the patient that well, but we all hope that the patient will know that we’re there by
just a hand held, or forehead stroked, or maybe just the mouth just water in the mouth freshen the mouth up. And we hope that they realise that they’re not on their own. End of life companions really do put themselves out there and they have to deal with distressing situations
themselves, but they deliver that very selflessly and very professionally and
we are incredibly proud of them.