Hospital Support Service

Going into hospital can be a stressful and worrying time, especially if you live alone or have little support available to you.

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Cotswold Friends volunteers can help you get ready for your stay, pack a bag, pop in regularly to visit you and prepare your home for your return with shopping, laundry and more. Our Community Transport Service can also take you to the hospital and bring you home when you are discharged. If you are due to go into hospital for an in-patient stay and would like some support and assistance, please do get in touch. We can organise a volunteer to help with arrangements before, during and after your time in hospital. Our volunteers can also call in and see you for a chat. Taking the stress out of a stay in hospital A recent client told us she was very grateful for the service she received. Having her bag delivered to Gloucester Hospital made her feel more settled, knowing she could change into clean clothes and have some personal belongings with her. She told us “I would be up the creek without the support of Cotswold Friends.”

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Help with transport to and from the hospital Our Community Transport Service helps people get out and about to medical, practical and social appointments. Our friendly volunteer drivers can help you get to and from the hospital. We also have a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle which allows a wheelchair user to travel without the need to transfer. Jess, our Independence Support Manager says, “We can offer you company during your hospital stay and support you with pre-admission and discharge home. We can help to reduce the amount of stress involved with your hospital experience. Please get in touch for some extra support.”