Royal Voluntary Service has been volunteering in the NHS since 1948 and we are present in more than 200 NHS locations throughout Great Britain.
. You tell us where in the patient journey you need support, and
Our volunteers are trained, reliable and fully supported by Royal Voluntary Service staff who manage the services our hospital partners choose. Our services are carefully designed to drive the specific outcomes you want to achieve and they will be measured and reported on with rigour.
Volunteers provide a calm presence in busy A&E departments helping to reduce the anxiety of patients and relatives. They provide reassurance and support, easing pressure on staff teams.
On Ward Dementia Support
Volunteers engage patients in activities and games, support them at meal times, and provide much needed emotional support.
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Volunteers support patients and visitors to find their way around busy hospitals, helping ensure timely arrival for appointments and reducing unnecessary stress and missed appointments.
On Ward Services
Volunteers help by supporting patients with strength and balance exercises, hydration and nutrition guidance, companionship and confidence-building and accompanying them to in-hospital appointments.
Volunteers can support patients return home with regular home visits which can aid recovery and reduce readmissions. The service is designed to help the patient back into their normal life and routine.
It can include practical support, safe and well checks, companionship, strength/balance exercise and sign posting to community activities.
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Volunteers improve patient experience and patient flow in hospital by providing support, refreshments and guidance to services through sign posting in the discharge lounge.
Volunteers organise and run transport schemes to help patients get to their appointments or return home from hospital.