AFTER nearly four decades volunteering at Princess Margaret Hospital to help put families at ease in times of crisis, Dolores Peverall (78) says tears will be shed when the hospital closes its doors for good next month.
Mrs Peverall, of Currambine, said she had many fond memories of her time volunteering in the Friendship Room, a place to offer parents a cup of tea and a chat while their child was in surgery.
“I remember a very pregnant lady was taking her child into theatre and while we were talking she went into labour,” she said.
“It was a mad rush to get her an ambulance and rush her to a maternity hospital. Incredibly the baby was born before her child was out of surgery. A few days later she brought bub in to see me, which was very touching.”
But the job could also be heartbreaking.
“Sometimes it is difficult and parents get very upset that their child is in theatre, particularly after a nasty accident,” Mrs Peverall said.
“It’s important to just be there for them if they want to talk. But it’s so incredibly rewarding when you see very sick patients, who are in and out of hospital get better to the point where you wouldn’t even notice anything was ever wrong.”
Over the years the PMH volunteers have donated almost $3 million to the hospital.
“Every year the volunteer-run kiosk donated an awful lot of money to buy items on the hospital’s wish list, whether it be theatre instruments or a special bed for burns patients,” Mrs Peverall said.
Mrs Peverall is one of 400 dedicated volunteers at PMH who will move to the new Perth Children’s Hospital when it opens on June 10.