Volunteers at East Surrey Hospital run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) were awarded for up to 25 years of service and for providing quality care to patients by supporting teams across the hospital at a Christmas party held on Monday 3 December 2018.
The event, which recognises the outstanding contribution of volunteers was an opportunity to award 34 volunteers*, who have dedicated between five and 25 years of service to SASH.
The event, attended by many of the volunteers, was opened by Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive at SASH who said: “I am pleased to recognise the valuable contributions made by volunteers and to thank them for their hard work and dedication in supporting the quality of care we provide to our patients.”
There are currently 187 volunteers who have given a total of 20,000 hours of their time to undertake a wide range of roles including; administrative support, welcoming patients and visitors at the information desk, collecting post, running the bookshop along with supporting the environment of the hospital by litter picking, maintaining the gardens and fish tanks in waiting rooms. More recently, the volunteers visit the wards with their new drinks and snacks trolley which also includes toiletries for patients to improve their personal experience and hospital day.
Included in those being celebrated were 100 volunteers from the East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, who offer support through complementary therapies and counselling for people living with cancer. Volunteers who help to run Radio Redhill.**the hospital radio station for East Surrey Hospital
Joy Matthews, volunteers’ manager at SASH said: “Our volunteers are valued by colleagues and patients for their commitment and support in helping SASH to welcome and help out patients during their visit and stay at East Surrey Hospital.”