My NHS story - Patricia Pike

People have shared their wonderful memories of the NHS over the last 75 years to help celebrate the NHS's 75th Birthday

Patricia shares her NHS memories

Patricia talks about her volunteering for the NHS.


Describe what you do?

I take patients to their various appointment venues or help them to find their way to their appointments, . I also try to find wheel chairs when they are required . My other role is in ED where I give patients and relatives refreshments, clean beds, change laundry, and plenty of filing and anything else staff might ask me to do.


Why did you choose to volunteer?

I had worked as a radiographer/ mammographer all my working life so knew that when I retired I would miss the buzz of the medical environment so much.


What do you enjoy most about your role?

Meeting all the patients , talking to them and hopefully giving them a smiling friendly face to quell their anxiety.


What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about volunteering in health and care?

Give it a go - I haven’t met any volunteer yet who doesn’t enjoy the work.


Describe the NHS in one word?


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