Saturday 1st December 2018, a wet and grey day, 36 volunteers from Nottingham RRT arrived at the Nottingham City Hospital outside the Yellow Entrance at 10am. By 11:30am RRT were ready to cook and serve the BBQ burger meal, having set up the BBQ Trailer, two food stations and two coffee stations. The burger meal was provided free of charge to all Doctors, Nurses, Ward Staff and volunteers on site during the time.
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The Nottingham City Hospital is managed by the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) which is the UK’s fourth largest acute teaching trust. The Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) and City Hospital campuses provide specialist services to 2.5 million people within Nottingham and surrounding communities as well as specialist services for a further 3-4 million people from across the region.
The City Hospital serves as the regional centre for cancer care, nephrology, infectious diseases, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and burns; and is a national centre for shoulder surgery. It also serves as a hyperacute stroke unit and respiratory medicine unit for Nottingham.
The hospital has significant roles in teaching and research, in association with the University of Nottingham. Research interests include rheumatology, stroke, respiratory medicine and oncology. Medical students from the University of Nottingham Medical School are attached to most of the departments as part of their clinical training.
RRT Nottingham served over 650 burger meals, approximately 480 hot drinks and 480 cold drinks over a 3-hour period. This involved RRT volunteers taking over 40 burger meals and drinks to specific wards within the hospital with some wards over a 10-minute walk.
Nottingham RRT thoroughly enjoyed the day and were thankful to be able to have part in caring for those that care.
A few notes of thanks/comments received: – “I would just like to say thank you…burgers were lovely and the coffee was timed to perfection…the relief you guys and gals provide at extended incidents is a God send and all the services appreciate your hard work.” Luke had previously experienced the work of RRT at the large fire at Nottingham train station earlier this year.