HOSPITAL staff employed to greet patients and visitors have given a warm welcome to a donation from a clothing company.
South Tyneside District Hospital’s greeters, based in its outpatients department, can now cut a dash in new Barbour jackets and gilets.
The team of 20 have been given the outfits by the Barbour Foundation, the charitable arm of the world-famous South Shields clothing company.
Lee Whitfield, clinical business manager with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, said the new jackets will help visitors to the Harton Lane hospital in South Shields to identify the greeters. He said: “In 2005, we launched our greeters brigade, who were recruited specifically to welcome and help patients and their families and carers in outpatients with any queries.
“We now have a total of 20 who work in pairs and, over the years, they have dealt with countless inquiries – always in a cheerful, helpful manner – and they do a fabulous job.
“We are delighted that the Barbour Foundation has given them these distinctive jackets, which will help to identify them to the public.”
Dame Margaret Barbour, chairman of both the company and its charity, is honorary president of the League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospital.