Volunteers needed to help with hospital feedback work

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An appeal has gone out for volunteers to help collect feedback from patients at Southampton’s teaching hospitals.

The voluntary services department at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust is holding an open day from 12pm on Tuesday (2 June) in a bid to recruit people to help with patient surveys and administrative work.

Members of the public and past NHS employees of all ages are invited to come along to Southampton General Hospital to find out how they can help.

New recruits could also be asked to join departments to meet and greet visitors, spend time with patients or wheel round newspaper and sweet trolleys.

Prospective helpers will be given information on the three voluntary services divisions – general volunteering, work experience and interpreting – so they can decide which area best suits their skills.

Kim Sutton, voluntary services manager, said: “There are a wide range of areas that volunteers can help within the Trust, in the League of Friends shops and in the tea bars, but we especially need people to help with the patient surveys as well as in admin roles.”

The commitment of volunteers within SUHT was highlighted at the end of last year, with three members of the voluntary team awarded 40-year service honours in a ceremony marking a combined total of 1,260 years of hard work.

Anyone interested in volunteering can also find out more by phoning 023 8120 4688 or sending an email to volunteers@suht.swest.nhs.uk.

Posted on Friday 29 May 2009