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Hospital Porter

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€22k > 28 
Hospital Porter
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€22 - 28 
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Assist medical staff with routine tasks, such as moving patients between wards etc.

The Work header image

A hospital porter has to make sure that patient's, equipment and records are in the right place at the right time. They help patients get from place to place. They use wheelchairs and trolleys to move patients who cannot walk to their X-rays or to have tests performed.  
The duties of a porter depend on individual hospitals and departments. In general, porters move patients around the hospital from ward to ward, or to and from various departments. This might be done with the patient on a stretcher, a trolley, or in a wheelchair. Porters also help to transfer patients to and from trolleys and beds, using equipment that minimises lifting.  
Porters transport and deliver equipment, blood samples and medical records, as well as moving and fitting medical gas cylinders. Other tasks include sorting and handing out laundry, helping nurses with linen and bedclothes, tidying up, removing rubbish and clinical waste, cleaning trolleys, delivering mail and running general errands.  
Porters can be attached to a particular department such as the X-ray department or operating theatres. They keep in touch with their supervisors via radio paging 'bleepers'. Sometimes, porters are involved in the care and comfort of distressed relatives.  
The work can be strenuous, dirty, heavy and stressful and there is an unpredictable workload. 

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Diagnose, treat, or provide continuous care to hospital inpatients.


Prescribe medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.


Admit patients for hospital stays.


Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.


Conduct discharge planning and discharge patients.


Order or interpret the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).


Communicate with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.


Refer patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.


Participate in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.


Attend inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.


Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be healthy and fit to do this job. You will also need to be sympathetic, tactful and understanding, as you will meet patients and relatives who are upset.  
You must be practical, responsible and able to communicate with a wide range of people - some of whom may be very sick or distressed. You must be able to follow instructions accurately and work as part of a team.

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This occupation is popular with people who have the following career interests...

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...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Medical & Healthcare
Clerical & Administration

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