“I feel that I’m helping”: Volunteer governor explains why he gives his time

Volunteers-Week-logoRoyal Surrey County Hospital is celebrating its dedicated governors who give their time freely as part of national Volunteers Week.

As a Foundation Trust, Royal Surrey has a Council of Governors who ensures that patients, members of the public, staff and partner organisations have their say in shaping their local health service.

Jerry Ogilvie is one of the Trust’s 27 unpaid governors, elected to represent each of the geographical areas the hospital serves.

Jerry was elected into the position last year and currently serves on a number of committees, which scrutinise everything from finances to the patient experience.

It is governors’ duty to hold non-executive directors individually to account for the performance of the board.

Jerry, who also volunteers as a driver with Care Haslemere, spotted an advert for the position while dropping a patient off at the hospital.

“I drive both inpatients and those who are visiting relatives to the Royal Surrey at least once a week and accompany them to their appointments, so I felt my voluntary work in the community gave me a valuable insight into the patient experience,” said the retired hotel inspector.

“I am now really enjoying serving as a governor and I feel that I am doing something that really helps the hospital.

“Our main role is to hold the non-executive directors to account, but the job can also be very varied. I have also assisted with members’ health events and even helped judge the staff Christmas decoration competition.”

Chairman John Denning said:  “Governors play an important role at the hospital and they are the link between the Board and the population we serve.

“This group of dedicated volunteers bring with them a range of knowledge and experience, which gives depth to the discussions and debates at our regular meetings and ensures the best outcomes for our patients.

“We are incredibly grateful to all of our governors for the work, time and energy they continue to invest in the Royal Surrey.

“We currently have a number of Governor vacancies, which we will be recruiting to shortly. If you may be interested keep an eye on our website for news.

“If you would like to find out more about Royal Surrey and have a say in how it is run, but don’t have the time to commit to being a governor, why not sign up as a member of the trust.

“It’s free to join and you will receive regular updates on the hospital, be invited to health events and much more.”

To become a member visit www.royalsurrey.nhs.net/membership.

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