Sherwood Voices - NHS's 73rd Birthday

Hello, my name is Jill Smallwood

What is your current role?
I am a volunteer working in a team of volunteers who support the work of the Community Involvement team in the Community Involvement Hub. 

Why did you decide to work or volunteer for the NHS?
I have worked as a volunteer at King's Mill Hospital for just over 20 years. I decided to volunteer as my children became more independent, and I chose to apply to King's Mill Hospital so I could give back to the services who provided care for my mum, who had Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I have seen many changes here during my time, and I have been privileged to provide support for patients, visitors, colleagues and volunteers over the years that I have been a volunteer.

Working in the lovely new building, together with the constant improvements in medicine, has seen the pace of life at Sherwood step up over the years I have been a volunteer - no two days are the same and there is plenty of variety when I attend for my volunteer work.

What are your memories of the NHS?
Apart from the significant care the NHS provided for my mum, the NHS has been there for me and my family over the years - thankfully nothing too serious: the birth of two children, various broken bones and sprains. However, my youngest son had a nasty elbow bursitis over a bank holiday weekend and received exceptional care at King's Mill Hospital.
What would you say to someone wanting to join the NHS?
Volunteering at King's Mill Hospital provides a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages to give support to patients, visitors and colleagues, giving great satisfaction and experience.

What are you most proud of over the last year?
The thing I'm most proud of over the last year is being able to support patients, visitors and colleagues  over what must be the most difficult year in the history of the NHS.


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