Welcome to Ipswich Hospital
Our Passion, Your Care
On Our Wards

Our ward volunteers help to provide the little extras that can make a huge difference to someone’s stay in hospital.

They help with making beds, sitting and talking to patients, assisting with the telephone, and running errands.

We also have mealtime buddies help feed patients unable to feed themselves, while helping them to enjoy mealtimes.

Qualities you’ll need:

  • a caring nature;
  • a desire to help others; and
  • the ability to work as part of a team.

Click here to view roles we are currently recruiting to for further information on specific roles on our wards.

Gordon Scopes, is a Brantham Buddy who really enjoys working with the large number of staff on this busy ward.

He said: “My favourite part of volunteering is being with people who care. For me, I really like the ‘people aspect’ of volunteering.”

“Every day is different and each task helps the ward staff deliver great and appropriate care. Whether this is taking a test to the Path Lab, a piece of equipment to the Electromedical Engineering team, or picking up drugs from Pharmacy, there is always something to do and I am very pleased to be part of the team.
“When some people retire they just vegetate, and that isn’t for me.”
Michelle Rowley, ward sister of Brantham Ward, said: “Gordon is very kind and friendly and always has a smile. He is happy and willing to help us in many ways from administration duties to agony uncle. Nothing is too much trouble for him. All the staff and patients think he is great. We really appreciate all the work he does and love having him as part of the team.”