Volunteers being encouraged to be part of new hospital move

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

When the new Brunel building opens at Southmead Hospital Bristol in May a team of volunteers will be on hand to help patients and visitors find their way.

Inspired by the Games Makers at the London 2012 Olympics the friendly volunteers will meet and greet people at the main entrance to the new hospital and guide them through the building.  

North Bristol NHS Trust is looking to recruit 150 Move Makers to help make the move into the new hospital as smooth as possible.

More than 60 volunteers have already been recruited but there is still time to be part of the history of the new hospital opening.

Among the people who have already signed up to be Move Makers is Jan Bartlett who was also a Games Maker during London 2012.

She decided to swap her London 2012 uniform for her Southmead Hospital T-shirt to be part of the momentous move.

Jan said she felt it was important the keen team of volunteers were on hand to help so that there was a smooth transition into the new hospital.

“We hope to make their first experience of Bristol’s splendid new hospital a positive and even enjoyable one,” she said.
Sue Evans, head of commissioning support at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “Move Makers will be an essential part of the move to the Brunel building, they will help to welcome the first patients and will support patients and their visitors coming to the new hospital for the first time.

“I have no doubt that patients and visitors will be ‘wowed’ by their surroundings as the building is fabulous and state of the art. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of history in the making in Bristol.”

The Move Makers will work in four-hour shifts and will be given training ahead of the Brunel building opening to patients and visitors.

Volunteers need to be over the age of 18 and confident talking to members of the public and giving directions.

For more information or to sign up visit http://www.nbt.nhs.uk/new-hospital/move/become-a-move-maker