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Areas Served by Volunteers

Photo of group of volunteers Queensway Carleton Hospital's more than 600 volunteers provide support to almost every area of the hospital through direct patient contact in patient support programs, providing friendly customer service in the revenue generation programs and providing clerical support in the Administrative areas. When you look in any department, you're sure to see their blue smocks and friendly smiles.


Patient Support Programs

Volunteers in these program areas have direct contact with patients / families and provide non medical support and assistance.


Book Cart

Volunteers distribute books and magazines to inpatients.   Tidy, exchange and replenish reading materials to the units.



Various departments call upon the support of Volunteers to greet patients & families; provide reassurance as well a provide supplemental support to assist the staff with errand and basic clerical type duties. Clinics include: Pre Operative Assessment Clinic (POAC) Ambulatory Procedure,  Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre, Hemodialysis,   (Operate weekdays only)

Day Surgery

Volunteers assist with refreshments, escort patients or relatives to other areas,  deliver messages  and  perform basic clerical type duties (Operates weekdays 7:30 am to  6:00 pm



Volunteers provide general assistance and comfort to patients and relatives in the waiting area, act as a liaison person between patients and staff, along with providing general support and assistance to staff with such things as chart pick ups, locating wheelchairs and doing errands. (Operates 7 days/week, including evenings - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm   4:00- 7:00   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.)

Geriatric Day Hospital

Volunteers assist and encourage the clients’ independence while supporting staff with daily programs, i.e., crafts, films, and daily living skills for geriatric outpatients. (Program runs out of Bell Mews Plaza in Bell’s Corners, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm & 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm.)

Information Desk

Volunteers meet and greet the patients/public at the entrance of the hospital, provide way finding directions and deal with general inquiries as well as, assist with phone transfers to patient rooms. (Operates Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 12:15 pm and 12:15 pm to 4:00 pm, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Weekends

Intensive Care Unit

Volunteers welcome and guide family to patient beds and offer comfort and support. ( Operates 7 mornings per week)

Mother Baby Unit

Volunteers deliver ice water, assist with menus,   support staff with running errands, and deliveries, along with basic clerical type duties. (Operates 7 mornings per week)

Palliative Care

Volunteers spend time with and support palliative patients and their families. A pre-requisite is the HPCO Volunteer Training.

Patient Care Units (Medical / Surgical / Alternate Level of Care / Rehab & Geriatrics)

Volunteers provide friendly visiting to patients, and carry out activities such as distributing ice water and refreshment cart. (Operates 7 days/week including evenings - 9:00 am - noon, noon -3:00pm & 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)


Spiritual and Religious Care   

Volunteers spend time with and provide spiritual and religious support for patients (Must have completed a registered training program and be approved and supported in writing by their faith tradition and the Spiritual Care Department).

Tuck Cart

Volunteers provide patients with the opportunity to purchase items from the Tuck Cart along with providing patients with friendly visiting.

Special Events 

Volunteers assist with hospital events. Responsibilities vary from organizing events, helping with registration, setting up for functions and other related duties. 



Customer Service / Revenue Generation

Volunteers working in these program areas serve customers, deal with cash and must offer quality customer services, in non-direct patient areas.

Gift Box

Volunteers assist and serve customers in the shop selling gift items, sundries, magazines, flowers, etc. (Operates 7 days/week, including evenings 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Weekends Noon - 4:00 pm)

Administrative Support

Programs in these areas support various departments with non-direct patient support function by providing basic office assistance and customer service.

Administrative Assistance

Various departments throughout the hospital call upon support from Volunteers to assist with basic office/ clerical functions such as collating, filing, photocopying, and reception. Areas include; Human Resources, Occupational Health, Communications   and Volunteer Resources. (Operates weekdays only - shift times vary)