Move Makers start at Southmead Hospital to greet first patients and visitors

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Now that the first patients have moved into the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol an army of recruits has started welcoming people through the doors.

Taking inspiration from the Games Makers of the London 2012 Olympics, the 98 Move makers are a team of friendly volunteers who have been recruited to meet and greet patients and visitors coming into the new hospital and to guide them through the building.

Jill Randall with the Move Makers inside the Brunel building

The first Move Maker volunteers started their shifts on Monday morning to coincide with the first patient moves into the Brunel.

They are easy to spot in their brightly coloured T-shirts and will continue to be based around  the new hospital and the Southmead site for three weeks.

 Some of the volunteers are based in the old building to help people find their way, while others are inside the Brunel, on hand to help people find their wards and clinics.

Jill Randall, who led the recruitment of the Move Makers, said: “We are really excited that the Move Makers have started as we have been building up to this for months.

“They are all volunteers, so I want to say a huge thank-you to everybody who has given up their time to support us.”

One of the Move Makers, Lyn Deas, said: “I think, having been an NHS worker, it is very exciting to see a well-designed building. I am very impressed by it.”

Another Move Maker, Sue McCall, said: “I saw first-hand how the Games Makers contributed to the Olympics and thought it was a fantastic idea. It is a privilege to be involved, particularly on the first day.”