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Volunteering at our hospitals

Volunteers form an important part of our teams and make a real difference at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Given the current health concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have made the decision to put a halt on volunteer recruitment at the current time. This was a tough decision and not one we have taken lightly.

Please check this page for further updates.


Volunteering at Bournemouth Hospital

We have approximately 300 ‘Blue Coat’ volunteers who give their time to improve the quality of stay for patients, complement the work of our staff and help visitors when they come to our hospitals.

Become a volunteer
  • Why volunteer with us?
  • To help us improve the patient experience
  • To give something back to the hospital
  • To meet new people
  • To gain experience towards career goals
  • To gain experience in a health care setting
  • To increase confidence
  • To make a difference to patients, visitors and staff
  • Is there an age limit?
    We take volunteers from the age of 16 into supervised roles. Volunteers in all other areas have to be over the age of 18 and there is no upper age limit as long as you are fit and healthy.
  • How much time will I have to give?
    Some roles are a minimum of one hour per week. However most roles we ask for a minimum of three hours a week with a minimum of six months commitment.

What opportunities are available?

  • Meal time companions -
    feed identified patients at either breakfast, lunch or supper. We offer this service seven days a week.
  • End of life companions -
    our volunteers sit with identified patients. You must have another volunteer role, i.e be a patient or dementia companion, to be considered. Prospective companions will attend specialised training before being considered for suitability and acceptance for the role.
  • Ward volunteers -
    tasks could include assisting ward clerks, assisting hostess with drinks round, talking to patients.
  • Patient or dementia companions -
    spend time with a patient to talk, play cards, dominoes etc. These are often patients with dementia.
  • Hospital bus -
    drive people to various clinics or wards throughout the hospital.
  • Minor clerical duties -
    help with photocopying, filing, making up information packs, laminating and shredding.

How do I become a volunteer?

  • 2. If we have a volunteering position you are looking for we will invite you to come along to Volunteer Recruitment presentation.
  • 3. If you decide you would like to process the application after the presentation, you will need to book in for an informal interview where we will complete an online Disclosure and Barring Service check (this includes Prevention of Illegal Working checks). This check identifies any criminal convictions.
  • 4.At the informal interview you will need to bring along
    - completed Occupational Health form
    - Prevention of Illegal Working form
    - Three items of original required supporting documentation to enable us to complete an online DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This will also require five year name and address (including post code) history
  • 5. Send off your completed Occupational Health form.
  • 6. Write to your two referees (whom you have known for longer than three years but not members of your family).
It generally takes six weeks for all your checks to come through - as it is not a quick process please bear with us. Once the checks are complete, we will contact you to agree a start date. We will also book you on to a non-clinical mandatory training session, which has to be completed within your first six months of volunteering.
  • Contact us

    Email or call 01202 704161 and leave a message, speaking clearly after the tone.
    The messages are downloaded on a daily basis. Please note the office is not open on a Saturday or Sunday.