BHB Volunteers

Ground Floor, General Wing, KEMH
Craig Appin House, 8 Wesley Street, Hamilton

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Email: HRSharedServices@bhb.bm

This programme provides an alternative to volunteering for the traditional volunteer organisations onsite: Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda and Friends of Hospice.

The BHB Volunteer Programme is best suited for those who require flexibility, those exploring healthcare career options, the retired person, working adults, and students. It also provides a vehicle of participation for community service groups, such as churches, youth groups, helping agencies, etc.

Volunteer opportunities include helping in numerous areas of KEMH and MWI, as well as in the community. These include special events support, the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre, therapy programmes, group homes and weekend trolley service in the wards.

Student Volunteers

Student Volunteer Programme

Student volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. They have the opportunity to volunteer year-round, after school, during school holidays, day-release and work shadow.

Continuing Care Unit

Continuing Care Unit (CCU)

CCU is a long-term care facility which provides care for 100 residents, most of whom are elderly.

Volunteers in this area support patients with:

  • Bedside visits
  • Spiritual comfort
  • Community outings
  • Activities, e.g. bingo, exercise group and massages
  • Meal service

They assist the staff by:

  • Running errands
  • Providing clerical support
  • Stocking trolleys

Interpreters

Volunteer Interpreters

What are volunteer interpreters?

BHB provides free interpreter services to patients whose first language is not English and to patients who are hearing impaired. Patients and their healthcare team can communicate important medical information through our interpreter volunteers, who are available via phone service and onsite providing verbal or written translations for numerous foreign languages.

Where is interpreter service available?

The service is available at all BHB settings.

How does the service work?

When people have difficulty communicating in English or are hearing impaired and request an interpreter, a BHB nurse or the Workforce Placement Coordinator contacts the appropriate interpreter.

Pastoral Services

Pastoral Services Team

The Pastoral Care team cares for a wide range of spiritual needs and spiritual injuries, providing a sensitive and inclusive ministry in health crises. This team consists of representatives from most faith groups in Bermuda. They lead regular interfaith services in the hospital chapel and provide on-call spiritual support for patients, their families, caregivers and staff.

The team is available for:

  • Pastoral care and counselling
  • Spiritual assessment, intervention, comfort and nurturing
  • Facilitation and support of religious practices of all faiths and spiritual paths
  • Emotional support
  • Non-judgmental listening
  • Crisis intervention
  • Advocacy for patients and staff
  • Collaboration with all members of the healthcare team
  • Consultations on advance directives, end-of-life decisions and ethical issues

The chapel is located on the second floor of the old CCU building. Services are held on Thursdays at 2pm and Sundays at 11am.