Terry Spicer, a volunteer at the Trust for 40 years and active member of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s Patient Forum received an Honorary President award at their Annual General Meeting last year.
Terry, who stated he could “never do enough to repay the hospital that saved his life,” has been an advocate for change and innovation to improve patient care and experience at the Trust for decades.
Terry started his volunteer role as an electrical Engineer for the Hospital radio station Anker Radio -supporting the station for ten years. He improved patient experience and made numerous innovations including establishing a cost saving, speedy repair service for the broadcasting equipment, creating a radio connection to the Manor Hospital and the Poyser Block, and ensuring patients were entertained by the broadcast of local football team matches.
His knowledge supported the hospital to improve its IT efficiency and he secured a grant to purchase a fully equipped outside broadcasting unit – helping volunteers to produce radio shows that keep patients entertained and comforted when away from family and friends. Terry has also had a hand in designing and building the furniture for the current site as well as installing the electronic equipment. Managing Director, David Eltringham said: “Terry is worthy recipient of the role of honorary president in recognition of all his amazing work for our Hospital throughout the years. My congratulations to Terry and to the Patient Forum on his appointment.”