Chief Executive Jane Grant has paid tribute to the 200 plus volunteers who help staff look after patients. Speaking at a celebration event at Forth Valley Royal Hospital she said the Board wanted to say thank you for the enormous contribution the volunteers make and for their hard work and dedication in a number of areas across the organisation. These include the oncology unit, children’s ward, discharge lounge and helping to represent the views of patients and the general public at meetings and events.
Some volunteers have also received training to allow them to repair and clean hearing aids in the audiology department. A number of volunteers are recruited through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP), Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), Radio Royal, Friends of Forth Valley Royal Hospital and Friends of Stirling Community Hospital.
Also attending the thank you event was Anne Hislop, Investing in Volunteers Manager at Volunteer Scotland who presented NHS Forth Valley with the Investing in Volunteers Quality Award. The Award was first achieved by NHS Forth Valley in 2011 and is reassessed every three years.
NHS Forth Valley Director of Nursing Professor Angela Wallace added: “We are delighted to receive this award as it recognises our ongoing commitment to developing and supporting the work of volunteers across the organisation.”