NHS chiefs help make a difference
Health bosses are rolling up their sleeves to join hospital volunteers on a national day celebrating their important and selfless contribution.
Directors and managers at Leicester's hospitals will step into volunteering roles for Community Service Volunteers Make a Difference Day today.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust chairman Martin Hindle will be transporting patients around Leicester Royal Infirmary on a buggy, while interim chief executive Jim Birrell will be meeting and greeting visitors at the hospital's main reception.
Chief operating officer and chief nurse Suzanne Hinchliffe will be serving tea in the Women's Royal Voluntary Service cafe, while director of nursing Carole Ribbins will be offering patients hand massages.
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Mr Hindle said they wanted to lend a hand to demonstrate the importance of volunteering and how much staff, patients and their families value the work volunteers do.
"Every week, hundreds of volunteers give their time to make a difference within our hospitals," he said.
"Volunteers do a wonderful job and this is a great opportunity to acknowledge it."
More than 1,060 volunteers work at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General hospital sites – supporting patients, visitors and staff by giving up anything from a few hours to a few days a week.