Volunteers ‘pivotal’ in helping free up precious NHS beds

23rd January 2018

A growing army of volunteers is being relied upon in hospitals and the community to take the pressure off the NHS.

Teams of unpaid workers are ensuring patients can be discharged when they are ready, rather than block beds due to a lack of support at home.

NHS volunteer Marilyn Ward met 60-year-old Andrew Arthurton at his flat two weeks ago after his hip replacement at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

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