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Aspiring paramedic urges public to volunteer for NHS

PUBLISHED: 12:20 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 05 June 2017

Gravesham Minor Injury Unit volunteer Harry Bodle-Jones

Gravesham Minor Injury Unit volunteer Harry Bodle-Jones

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He has been volunteering for five months

A young Dartford students who hopes to one day become a paramedic is encouraging others to volunteer with the NHS.

Harry Bodle-Jones, 16, has been volunteering at Gravesham Minor Injury Unit for five months while studying his level three health and social care diploma at North West Kent College.

The volunteer, who hopes to study paramedic science at university, has been supporting staff ad helping visitors and their carers give feedback on the unit’s service.

He said: “I’m learning more than I ever thought I would, not least how brilliant individuals come together in difficult situations to show kindness, compassion and exceptional clinical skill as a team.

“I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every minute I have given to the unit and would strongly recommend volunteering for the NHS.

The call for volunteers comes as the country celebrates volunteers’ week, which runs until Wednesday,

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the minor injury unit, currently has more than 500 volunteers.

Karen Edmunds, head of engagement with the trust, said: “Our volunteers make a real difference to our patients’ experience by having the time to listen to patients’ worries, give practical support or even share a joke.

“Their dedication is appreciated so much by both our staff and the patients and families whose lives they touch.”

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