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Hospital orderlies usually enjoy working on practical tasks and with people. They are organised and able to keep environments clean, and ensure that items are delivered to where they should be.

Hospital orderlies may do some or all of the following

  • Assist patients in and out of taxis, ambulances, cars or helicopters
  • Transfer patients between wards and departments using wheelchairs, stretchers or moveable beds
  • Lift patients on and off beds with the assistance of nurses
  • Deliver and collect linen, rubbish, infectious waste, specimens and equipment
  • Transfer patient files and x-rays between departments
  • Attend emergency cardiac arrest calls, fire and other urgent situations within the hospital and grounds
  • Maintain, clean and prepare wheelchairs, trolleys and other equipment.

Hospital orderlies need to have

  • The ability to handle equipment such as wheelchairs, beds and other medical equipment
  • Good listening and spoken communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Written communication skills for dealing with patient files and security reports.

Hospital orderlies need knowledge of

  • Health and safety procedures
  • Basic patient care
  • Hospital and staff routines
  • Medical terms and first aid
  • Hygiene and sterilisation requirements.

Hospital orderlies need to be

  • Caring and sensitive to the needs of people from a range of cultures
  • Friendly, patient and helpful
  • Able to deal with patients who may be very sick or dying
  • Motivated and able to use their initiative
  • Reliable, punctual and energetic
  • Able to remain calm in emergencies.