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Professor David Loughton CBE – Volunteers' Week

Professor David Loughton CBE – Volunteers' Week

Date of release: 7 June 2021

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Professor David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Acting Chief Executive of Walsall Healthcare Trust, has paid his own special video tribute to the army of volunteers who have helped both organisations during the last year as we reflect on National Volunteers Week 2021.

David spoke of the various projects that volunteers at both Trusts have helped staff and patients in his tribute. “We have so much to thank volunteers for. Throughout many years as a Chief Executive, I have always welcomed volunteers and really valued their support,” said David. “And at the end of Volunteers Week, this is an acknowledgement of what you have done. The theme of this year’s promotion is ‘a time to say thanks’ and I am privileged to mark the end of Volunteers Week 2021 by showing my gratitude to the many people by giving their time for free to help the Trust and help our patients. I would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers over the last 12 months; they have supported the Trusts through incredibly challenging times in numerous ways. 

“At Wolverhampton, volunteers have helped us on in-patient wards, providing companionship to patients during times of restricted visiting and relieved pressures on our frontline staff. They have also supported vaccination hubs at New Cross Hospital and at Alfred Squire Centre, they have provided patient activity programmes on the Neuro-Rehab ward at West Park Hospital. They have also run errands for the COVID-19 swab hub at New Cross and provided calls to patients as part of the Virtual COVID Ward programme. 

“At Walsall, families and friends of patients can now book a slot to deliver a parcel of personal belongings which will then be taken to the patient staying in hospital by volunteers. Just under 50 COVID response volunteers supported patients, families and staff at Walsall Healthcare’s Manor Hospital and community services during the pandemic. 

“Volunteers have been supporting patients to make video calls to family and friends that were unable to visit. Volunteers have helped distribute donations which were sent to the Trust’s Wellwishers charity. The Hospital Team Home Project was launched following a successful bid to the NHSE Winter Volunteering Fund, which is there to help discharge patients who may be in need of extra support when leaving hospital. 

“Over the last year, volunteers at Wolverhampton have provided over 12,000 hours of volunteering and we have welcomed 130 new volunteers into the organisation while at Walsall, volunteers have completed 7,646 hours. So a huge thank you to all our volunteers in both organisations for your superb efforts in one of the most challenging times the NHS has ever faced. I would like to thank you for everything you have done. It’s appreciated by the staff, but most importantly, it’s appreciated by the people we serve. Thank you.”

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