NHS Forth Valley Says Thank You to Local Volunteers
Volunteers who work across NHS Forth Valley have been thanked for their contribution in helping patients. NHS Forth Valley’s Chief Executive Jane Grant paid tribute to their work at celebrations held at Forth Valley Royal Hospital to mark National Volunteers Work and the Health Board’s success in retaining the prestigious Investing in Volunteers Quality Award.
More than 200 volunteers work tirelessly in a number of areas across the organisation. These including volunteers who assist patients in the oncology unit, children’s ward, discharge lounge and help 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.
Jane Grant said: “We decided to hold an event as we wanted to recognise the enormous contribution volunteers make and to say thank you for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.”
The event was also attended by 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 said: “We are delighted to receive this award as it recognises our ongoing commitment to developing and supporting the work of volunteers across the organisation.”
“Volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of our patients. Not only do they support people when they are ill or receiving treatment, but they also provide valuable feedback and suggestions to help improve patient care.”