If you are a good listener, like helping people and have time to spare, you might like to consider voluntary work at one of our hospitals.  More than 500 volunteers are already working closely with our staff to provide some of the more personal and caring services for patients, visitors and our 7,000 strong workforce.  Without their help services like the ward trolley service and the flower and souvenir shops would cease to exist.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work in many areas of the hospital, taking on the role of a friend to patients, visitors and staff. They complement the work of the paid staff. Examples of the various volunteer roles include:

  • Ward befriender: helps to make a patient's time in hospital more comfortable by chatting, listening, reading, doing a small amount of shopping, running an errand or escorting a patient on a short walk.
  • Welcomers: work alongside reception and A&E reception staff to show patients and visitors to the area they are trying to reach.
  • Mobile trolley shop: carries drinks, confectionery, magazines, toiletries and stamps to the wards. This is a nice opportunity to visit wards and chat with patients.
  • Shop helper: in one of the shops, helping customers and selling goods such as confectionery, toiletries, stationery, greetings cards, newspapers, drinks, t-shirts, pens, diaries, souvenirs and flowers.
  • Chaplaincy befriender: sits and listens to patients on the ward with the hospital chaplains. The chaplaincy is made up of representatives from different religious beliefs and faiths from the local community.
  • London air ambulance volunteers: help with fundraising and in the HEMS hospital shop.
  • General volunteers: help with events such as flower shows and open days.
  • Fundraising: help with fundraising and various fundraising events.

Find out how to become a volunteer at Barts and The London

If you are enquiring about clinical attachments, work experience or medical electives, please contact the relevant departments.

For information about clinical attachments visit the Clinical attachments section on the Barts and The London website.  

Any medical students applying for an elective should contact Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry. Website: