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National Volunteers Week Day Five: David Loughton

National Volunteers Week Day Five: David Loughton

Date of release: 5 June 2020

David Loughton, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, has paid tribute to the ‘fabulous’ work of the organisation’s volunteers to recognise the importance of their role as part of National Volunteers Week.

The Trust currently has over 300 volunteers working across its three sites, New Cross Hospital, Cannock Chase Hospital and West Park Rehabilitation Hospital. They undertake a variety of roles, such as bed-making, feeding patients, assisting in catering roles and providing vital social interaction with patients at a time when visiting is not permitted to wards due to the COVID-19 crisis. Others have joined the visor production line at New Cross and made scrub wash bags for staff.

David Loughton
National Volunteers Week Day Five: David Loughton

“I’ve been a chief executive for over 30 years and for all of my time in the role, I have always appreciated the importance of volunteers,” said David. “When I was chief executive at Coventry many years ago, we had about 1,300 volunteers and they were absolutely essential to the wellbeing of staff and patients. Here in Wolverhampton we have done exceptionally well in building up the numbers of volunteers we have. They’re not an add-on or a luxury in any shape or form - they are really part of the NHS team.

“I think over the last two and a half months this organisation and the NHS wouldn’t be where it is without people volunteering to do all manner of things. We have had people making face masks and making up (scrub) bags for nursing staff and clinical staff to put their uniforms in to take them home and throw them in the laundry. I’ve been quite amazed when I’ve walked in the hospital and see the things people have made in their own homes and donated them to the Trust and on to the staff.

“So I am an adamant supporter of hospital volunteers - they do a fabulous job, and the NHS wouldn’t be what it is today without them. That has been going on for the whole existence of the NHS since 1948 and over the last two and a half months they have come into their own. So I would like to thank everybody for all of their efforts for what they do. It is really appreciated by the staff and patients in the NHS.”

Watch David Loughton's Message about Volunteers

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