'Move Makers' needed ahead of Southmead Hospital Bristol grand opening
WITH fewer than nine months to go before the grand opening of Southmead Hospital Bristol, North Bristol NHS Trust is launching a drive to recruit 150 volunteers to help patients and visitors find their way around the new facilities.
The £430 million Brunel building, which will bring together all hospital services from the current Frenchay and Southmead sites, will be inaugurated on May 28, 2014.
Volunteer Move Makers will be required to meet, greet and direct patients and visitors arriving in the public areas of the new complex and car parks during the two weeks following the official opening.
Tricia Down, head of capital planning for the trust, said: "Their role will be more than functional - they will be making a difference to patients, visitors and staff who step into our fantastic new building for the first time – particularly given the vast size of the atrium.
"By the time we get to May 2014, Southmead Hospital Bristol will have transformed as a site quite considerably, although there will still be work continuing in some areas.
"Having a welcoming, friendly face when patients and visitors arrive in the car park or the Brunel building, with someone to guide you to your appointment or assist family and friends will be invaluable during a time of considerable change.
The Move Makers will receive training and will work in four-hour shifts.
Prospective candidates must be over-18 and available throughout May 2014. They will be able to claim expenses and receive a packed meal when covering a lunchtime shift.
They will not be involved in the transfer of patients from Frenchay and Southmead which will be done by trained staff in collaboration with the ambulance service.
To find out more about becoming a Move Maker visit www.nbt.nhs.uk/movemaker or call 0117 340 2037.