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Making a difference

The main aim of a volunteer is to support a positive patient experience and help staff and our services improve. Volunteers provide the personal service for patients that may not be necessary for their medical care, yet can add so much value to their hospital stay or visit.

Becoming a volunteer is incredibly rewarding, and makes a huge difference to our patients by complementing the care provided by our staff. Volunteers provide a unique and very personal touch to hospital life. They are from all walks of life and can use their experience to benefit others.

We offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at our hospitals, across all different departments including inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, information desks and the nursery. We are always looking at ways in which we can develop new and exciting ways to improve on our patients’ experience through volunteering. 

Whilst voluntary work is not the same as work experience, and volunteers are not allowed to carry out any clinical tasks, gaining first-hand experience on a ward for a student will most certainly be beneficial to those who wish to undertake a career in medicine. You must be 18 years or older and there is no upper age limit. We very much welcome interest from people from all sections of our community.   

Due to the large amount of requests received for voluntary work, we may not be able to accommodate every request immediately; we will, however,  discuss your interest with you and where possible find a suitable activity for you. Other opportunities also exist within the King George and Queen's Hospital Charity, which supports our hospitals, and with our in-house radio station, Bedrock.

For further information please email Volunteering@bhrhospitals.nhs.uk.

Volunteering roles

There are a number of different roles available for those wishing to volunteer. The following voluntary services role descriptions will help you to work out how you might like to get involved with our hospitals:

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