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How Do I Help? by bLacKGoLd3(m): 8:44pm On Feb 03, 2019
Jaymamma, may God bless you for the good work you are doing, especially with helpless patients.

I wasn't sure how to approach this subject or even the right section to open this thread but guess that is inconsequential.

Please, can you advise me on what the process is for strangers to visit a General Hospital with the hope of providing financial aid and spiritual support. I am not particularly awash with cash, but I'm somewhat ashamed to read that what I sometimes spend at an outing could have saved someone else's life or helped a patient/family in need. I mean, not like I'm never going to dine out or spend on things I may want, but I sincerely wish to do something and for me that means starting now.


So, here's what I seek to achieve;
1) Visit a General Hospital on a biweekly schedule to provide financial support for a patient or two. Will the nurses or matrons be willing to point me to patients that are in need?
2) Visit a General Hospital to pray and encourage one or two patients (I may want to start with believers first). Will the nurses or matrons be supportive in this quest?


Keep in mind that I will be visiting alone and not under the umbrella of any organisation or local church.

I'd be happy to hear from others who may have any sort of experience in this area. Hoping to hear from you all and Jaymamma, too.
Re: How Do I Help? by Jaymamma: 9:52pm On Feb 03, 2019
Hi Blackgold3,

Amen and thanks for your intent to help.

You can ask to see the Chief Medical Director (CMD) - which is the head of the hospital and oversees both the medical and the administrative arms of the hospital. You'll have to exercise a lot of patience as they're usually very busy.

Another authority figure you can request to see is the Head of Clinical Services (HCS) - that's the head of the doctors. Easier to approach than the CMD but also busy and rarely in office. Would likely be in a ward somewhere.

Another way to approach this is bottom up. Walk boldly to any of the wards where you feel led. Go to the nurses' station. It's easy to spot. Usually a table in the center or another conspicuous spot in the ward, you'd find nurses clustered around there. Request to see the matron. Matrons wear white skirt and blouse uniforms. Others wear white gowns.

She can look stern from afar and mistaken you for another patient's relative who has come to bother her. Please do not be fazed by that. Approach her nicely and explain why you have come. She'll warm up to you and be of great help in directing you to either the consultant in charge of the ward or the CMD.

After which she'll help you around the ward to spot patients who truly require financial assistance and prayers.

Once you're well known, your subsequent visits wouldn't need much formalities.

I greatly recommend the latter approach.

Thank you once again. God bless your seeds sown.


bLacKGoLd3:
Jaymamma, may God bless you for the good work you are doing, especially with helpless patients.

I wasn't sure how to approach this subject or even the right section to open this thread but guess that is inconsequential.

Please, can you advise me on what the process is for strangers to visit a General Hospital with the hope of providing financial aid and spiritual support. I am not particularly awash with cash, but I'm somewhat ashamed to read that what I sometimes spend at an outing could have saved someone else's life or helped a patient/family in need. I mean, not like I'm never going to dine out or spend on things I may want, but I sincerely wish to do something and for me that means starting now.


So, here's what I seek to achieve;
1) Visit a General Hospital on a biweekly schedule to provide financial support for a patient or two. Will the nurses or matrons be willing to point me to patients that are in need?
2) Visit a General Hospital to pray and encourage one or two patients (I may want to start with believers first). Will the nurses or matrons be supportive in this quest?


Keep in mind that I will be visiting alone and not under the umbrella of any organisation or local church.

I'd be happy to hear from others who may have any sort of experience in this area. Hoping to hear from you all and Jaymamma, too.
Re: How Do I Help? by bLacKGoLd3(m): 12:39am On Feb 04, 2019
Wow! Thank you for the prompt and detailed response, Jaymamma.

I shall follow the latter approach as you have advised and hope for the best. I'll let you know how things progress.

Thanks a bunch and God bless you.



Jaymamma:
Hi Blackgold3,

Amen and thanks for your intent to help.

You can ask to see the Chief Medical Director (CMD) - which is the head of the hospital and oversees both the medical and the administrative arms of the hospital. You'll have to exercise a lot of patience as they're usually very busy.

Another authority figure you can request to see is the Head of Clinical Services (HCS) - that's the head of the doctors. Easier to approach than the CMD but also busy and rarely in office. Would likely be in a ward somewhere.

Another way to approach this is bottom up. Walk boldly to any of the wards where you feel led. Go to the nurses' station. It's easy to spot. Usually a table in the center or another conspicuous spot in the ward, you'd find nurses clustered around there. Request to see the matron. Matrons wear white skirt and blouse uniforms. Others wear white gowns.

She can look stern from afar and mistaken you for another patient's relative who has come to bother her. Please do not be fazed by that. Approach her nicely and explain why you have come. She'll warm up to you and be of great help in directing you to either the consultant in charge of the ward or the CMD.

After which she'll help you around the ward to spot patients who truly require financial assistance and prayers.

Once you're well known, your subsequent visits wouldn't need much formalities.

I greatly recommend the latter approach.

Thank you once again. God bless your seeds sown.


Re: How Do I Help? by Jaymamma: 6:59am On Feb 04, 2019
You're most welcome.

Amen.


bLacKGoLd3:
Wow! Thank you for the prompt and detailed response, Jaymamma.

I shall follow the latter approach as you have advised and hope for the best. I'll let you know how things progress.

Thanks a bunch and God bless you.



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