Many Community Hospitals have volunteers who enhance patient care and the patients' experience whilst either an inpatient or outpatient. The extra support that volunteers provide is essential to the successful running of many services provided in community hospitals.
Cirencester Community Hospital and Improving Grounds & Gardens
Cirencester community hospital attracts over 100 volunteers. The Matron holds regular gatherings of volunteers, to help keep everyone involved.
A particularly successful project is one to improve the external environment where volunteers have been working to improve the grounds and gardens.
Andre Curtis and fellow volunteers have been working in the hospital grounds to improve the area for patients, visitors and staff and have shared their work at conferences.
Photograph of Matron, Linda Edwards with staff, at a workshop led by Andre Curtis at the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Conference on 27th Nov 2019
Andre Curtis is kindly sharing written guidance on managing NHS grounds and gardens. Andre, as a hospital grounds consultant, has prepared documents that he has offered to share with the CHA. These are: A Review of Hospital Grounds; A Guide to Managing NHS Grounds & a Specification for NHS Grounds and Gardens.
Contact details for Andre Curtis are included in the documents.
Volunteers may join in a number of ways including:
Volunteering opportunity are very varied and can range from administrative support to direct patient contact such as ward, outpatient clinics, day care activities, or giving time and friendship.
Volunteers describe benefits including:
Innovation and Best Practice
There are many examples of excellent volunteer projects in community hospitals throughout the country with some being recognised by the Community Hospitals Innovations and Best Practice Awards.