Friends of St Mary's Hospital volunteers have started up their popular trolley service to the wards - for the first time since the pandemic.
Volunteers had to end the trolley service in March last year but now they will be returning with newspapers, toiletries and ‘treats’.
The trolley operates out of the Friends foyer shop, which had to close during the pandemic, together with cafes at Laidlaw, Outpatients, and Ryde Health and Wellbeing Centre.
In August last year, the main shop was re-opened, to the delight of both patients and staff.
Shop manager, Lisa Brodie said:
“We are very grateful for the many volunteers who have helped during this difficult time in the shop and with the trolley Over the years the Friends have taken great pride in donating profits from its operations to purchase equipment and services around the hospital. The charity is still actively involved in seeking areas where the current profits can best be spent."
Friends chairman, Lesley Myland added:
"Before the trolley starts each round, however, a check is made where it can be taken safely that day. And the volunteers who run the service are reporting a warm and enthusiastic welcome from everyone it reaches.”
St Mary's Hospital patient experience lead, Sam Johnson said:
“Our Friends make such a huge difference to our patients, and we are so grateful for everything they do to support our trust. The service has been really missed throughout the pandemic and we are delighted to welcome the Friends volunteers back on site. Their presence will be really appreciated and is more important than ever while we have visitor restrictions in place."