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Hospital Porters

Hospital porters perform various manual tasks in hospitals to assist nursing and domestic staff with the care of patients.

Tasks

  • Lifts, escorts and wheels patients between hospital wards
  • Assists with the delivery of meals, laundry, medical supplies and post to the wards or theatres
  • Moves hospital equipment and furniture
  • Collects and disposes of refuse from wards and other departments
  • Assists with unloading and delivery of supplies.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. Entrants must typically pass a medical examination and may be required to hold a driving licence.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £21,000 per annum and can progress up to £26,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 2,361 employed Hospital Porters in the region.

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Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

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Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

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www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/