People in private: Geoff Andrews

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Grovedale resident, 71 year old Geoff Andrews, volunteers at nearby Epworth Geelong every Friday as a Concierge.

What do you love about your job? And why?
I love working with patients and visitors to help them find their way around the hospital. I like to be busy and so I usually take people to the lifts and make sure they find their way around easily. The new hospital looks awesome, so people often stop when they enter to take it all in. People enjoy being attended to, and I’m really happy to help.

How long have you been working in your current role?
The hospital is about to have its first birthday. I’ve been here nine months.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
I like walking up and saying, “Hi, I’m Geoff and I’m one of the Friday volunteers. How can I be of help to you, today?”

What is something interesting about you your colleagues don’t know?
I used to be a cyclist 40 years ago – I raced bikes but wasn’t very good at it. Two years ago I was riding in the Great Victorian Bike Ride and I got badly hurt. They took me to Epworth Richmond where they looked after me and got me back on my feet. I was a real mess and they fixed me up. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for that. Mr Nigel Mann was my surgeon and I’ll be forever grateful to him.

How do your friends describe you?
You’d have to ask them! But I hope they’d think of me as kind; compassionate; energetic; reliable; a good listener and a team player.

What do you do in your spare time/any hobbies?
My wife and I have responsibility for lap scoring and lap timing for Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia. That means that we count laps and time laps, so we sit for long periods of time concentrating intensely and not talking.

What is something you want to achieve this year?
I want to show my dedicated support for Epworth as a volunteer and attend Epworth Medical Foundation functions and providing whatever financial support I can. I’m so passionate because I survived the accident. It really motivated me to help wherever possible.

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