A BRIEF HISTORY
The Friends of the RUH was established in 1957 by a small group of dedicated people. Over the years the charity has expanded dramatically.
In 1979 the hospital Shop was opened – run by volunteers in a small Portacabin. It has now moved into much larger premises in the main entrance and is expanding its business each year.
In 1983 the Friends saw an opportunity for a coffee shop; from a conservatory building this has now been redeveloped and was opened mid 2014 so please do come and have a look.
In 1985 the first volunteer teams were formed to help on the wards – serving drinks and providing a listening ear. Recognising the potential, the hospital soon asked us to find volunteers for the out-patient clinics, followed by guides to aid visitors and patients throughout the hospital grounds.
We have over 350 volunteers working in many different areas, however, with such a busy hospital we are always looking for new members.
In 2014 Friends Charity underwent big changes. The Conservatory Coffee Shop and Friends Office were demolished to make way for a beautiful contemporary redevelopment.
LONG SERVICE AWARD
ABOUT THE HOSPITAL
The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire.
The Trust occupies a 52-acre site about 1½ miles from Bath city centre and became a National Health Service Trust in 1992.
Visit the Hospital website
The League of Friends of the Royal United Hospitals (Bath),
B18, Royal United Hospital,
Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG
Office Opening Hours are:
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Telephone: 01225 824046