Visiting update

From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information. 

Patient appointments

As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.

We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know. 

If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.

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Become a volunteer


Image of a trust volunteerOur valuable volunteers give up their time to work at Sherwood Forest Hospitals.  They do it because they want to make a difference and enhance the patient experience.

With over 650 volunteers at the Trust we have a wide range of people volunteering from all ages and backgrounds.  As well as our dedicated volunteers we also work with other organisations such as the League of Friends and the Amazon Breast Care Group.

No two days are the same volunteering.  Can you spare a few hours a week to put something back into your local community?  Are you interested in a career in the NHS and want to know what it's like?

Why not become a volunteer at one of our hospitals?

Volunteers support the Trust

In March 2018 volunteers supported the first Dementia Cafe to be held on Woodland Ward at King's Mill Hospital. The café has been set up to  give both the patient and their carers opportunity to speak to health care professionals in a relaxed environment within the ward.Refreshments were provided to patients and their families

dementia cafe march 18

Why do we need volunteers?
Volunteers provide such a valuable service to our patients and visitors.  It may be helping patients find their way around hospital, providing a library service to the wards, driving the patient buggy or working in the tea bar.  As well as providing an outstanding service to our patients the volunteers also work hard to raise funds for the Trust to enhance patient experience further. 

Benefits of volunteering
Being a volunteer at one of hospitals gives you the opportunity to support our patients, their families and the staff who care for them.

There are many benefits to being a volunteer at Sherwood Forest Hospitals including:
• gaining knowledge 
• extending your social networks 
• developing personal and social skills 
• making new friends 
• putting something back into the community 
• increasing your confidence 
• learning new skills 
• experience working in a hospital environment 
• increasing your employment opportunities 
• increasing your health and well being

Volunteering at our hospitals should not be viewed as a work or education placement.  If you are a student looking to develop your skills within a particular area of healthcare this will not be possible.  Please see the work experience pages for more information on placements or telephone 01623 848871.

Please click here to apply to become a volunteer