Chesterfield Royal Hospital gets boost from army of volunteers

Pictured is Lynn Fowler who is one of the latest army of volunteers at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Pictured is Lynn Fowler who is one of the latest army of volunteers at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital is marking National Volunteering Week by thanking its volunteers and widening its recruitment campaign.

The hospital trust re-launched its volunteering programme in 2014 and welcomed the first wave of volunteers onto wards and departments last year after its complement fell to just eleven in a number of different areas of the hospital.

But with a new volunteer service this has risen to 80 alongside 37 more from voluntary groups such as RVS, British Red Cross, Sight Support Derbyshire, Headstrong and NSE.

This figure is expected to rise with another recruitment drive but twelve months on from the first recruit, volunteers were honoured by the hospital with a special breakfast on June 4.

Trust Volunteer Co-ordinator Richard Ball said: “It’s important for us to recognise the precious commodity of time and effort our volunteers put into coming here, of their own volition to help and assist our hard working staff. The work they do gives our healthcare teams more time to concentrate on caring and treating our patients and they are very much part of this hospital.

“They willingly lend a hand and offer a listening ear to help brighten up the days of our patients. This gesture on our part recognises that contribution.”

One of the more recent additions that has been possible thanks to the team of volunteers is the return of the shop trolley to inpatient wards. This trolley offers patients a welcome link to our shop@theRoyal, providing patients who struggle to get off the wards with a selection of toiletries, refreshments, snacks and treats to help make their lives a little more comfortable.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer can call 01246 516348 or email crhft.volunteer@nhs.net for details.