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GEH Volunteers

Our Volunteers are fantastic! Each one is invaluable and irreplaceable to us, giving their time ‘freely’ through the support they give to our hospital and community teams.

We are indebted to our Volunteers for the amazing contribution they make each and every day of the hospital’s life.  As such, we are fully committed to enabling, supporting and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity at all times.  

As one of our Volunteers you will contribute that little extra that can make all the difference to patients’ comfort while in hospital.  There are a variety of activities and opportunities to support and benefit patients, our staff and the communities we care for.  We have support and resources for all aspects of volunteering.

Our Volunteers help with activities like:

  • meeting, greeting and signposting patients and visitors upon their arrival to the Hospital; 
  • assisting with serving drinks and meals on the wards;
  • caring for the hospital’s courtyards through light gardening and dedicated nurturing;
  • informing and assisting in the use of the hospital’s library book lending machine;
  • office and ward administration support;
  • our chaplaincy lay visitors support the hospital by visiting patients on wards by chatting, reading or gathering their views about their care and stay. 

All of our volunteers are entitled to a free onsite car parking space. 

Volunteers will also be given a Volunteer Team polo shirt to wear so that they are instantly recognisable as part of the wider hospital support team.

Leauge of Friends Tea Bar
League of Friends Tea Bar
ASDA weekend wash banner

The Trust currently has over 300 volunteers working as part of the Trust’s official volunteer programme or as part of support groups such as Anker Radio, the Chaplaincy, the League of Friends, the Members’ Advocacy Panel (MAP) and the Patient Advocacy Forum (PAF).

Volunteers perform an invaluable service, helping to complement the care offered by our staff. 

If you’re interested in volunteering, please download and complete the following documents:

Volunteer application form

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Occupational health form

We recommend, prior to you completing the above documents, you download and read the following:

DBS application - what documentation you need to provide

Volunteer application guidance document

For further information please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS):

Telephone: 024 7686 5550

E-mail: pals@geh.nhs.uk


Patient Advice and Liaison Service
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
College Street
CV10 7DJ

We ask that our volunteers give a minimum of 2 hours per week.
All of our volunteers are part of our hospital team and as such receive an induction from the Trust. 

Induction covers:

Health & Safety training

Moving & Handling training

Fire Safety training

Information Governance training

Hospital tour

Local department training

Volunteer Patients

Would you like to help educate your future doctors?

Volunteer patients play a vital role in helping medical students learn. This role involves coming into the teaching centre to help with exams or teaching sessions. To take part you must be an outpatient not an inpatient and you will usually have a chronic condition.

If you agree to help it is usually for 4hrs at a time and occasionally for a whole day. Exams are run once a year at the end of February start of March. Teaching sessions are run throughout the year.

All patients are offered:

  • Either taxi transport or a free parking permit
  • Refreshments throughout the session
  • A small thank you voucher


If you think this role might be for you please either:

Discuss it with your consultant at your next appointment or contact the undergraduate team

Mrs Sam Cook, Resource Development Advisor 024 7615 3075

Mrs Angela Topp, Undergraduate Co-ordinator 024 7686 5092

Mrs Louise Harmer, Senior Medical Education Manager 024 7615 3461