Happy in caring role

May 16, 2016

Goulburn Valley Health volunteer Naomi Loughhead

Across the Goulburn Valley there are many people doing amazing volunteer work, and during national volunteer week — May 9 to 15 — they are recognised.

Here Weekend Life catches up with some amazing volunteers who have been making others’ lives better.

Goulburn Valley Health volunteer Naomi Loughhead has been volunteering at the hospital as part of its inaugural granny program for about a year.

“I nursed here for 29 years and retired 12 months ago,” she said.

After Ånishing up her professional role at the hospital, Ms Loughhead was invited back to be a volunteer by GV Health Foundation director Carmel Johnson.

Ms Loughhead said she was keen to work with children on the children’s ward.

She said it worked quite well for her because she got to see people she knew from her time at the hospital and continued to help others.

“I love children and I’ve always been interested in people and doing things for people,” she said.

“I trained at good old Mooroopna hospital in the old days, and my patients have always been very very important to me and I’ve always done extra little things to make their stay comfortable.

“I’ve been a patient myself, I’ve had breast cancer … and I know just what it’s like when you’re in the hospital to have somebody to come in and give you some company.”

Ms Johnson said Ms Loughhead was a caring person and a valuable volunteer.

“GV Health is incredibly fortunate to have someone like Naomi as a past staff member who wants to come back and continue to give,” she said.

“It’s a very specialised role being a gran in a children’s ward, and Naomi I think has all the qualities we were looking for.”

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