The Patient Library service at the Southern General Hospital has two very special reasons to celebrate this month.
Not only is it the 10th year since the service was introduced, but the WH Smith Trust and PLC have donated over 300 books for distribution. Not only will the Southern General benefit but also patients within the Victoria Infirmary and the Mansionhouse Unit.
The titles range from biographies through to thrillers and romantic novels.
Bryan Bannerman, Voluntary Services Manager for Acute Services which includes the Victoria Infirmary and Southern General Hospital, said:
“We are delighted that WH Smith has chosen the Victoria Infirmary and Southern General Hospital to make this donation. It is a fantastic initiative and one that will be used and enjoyed by many of our patients and staff.”
The hospital library service already has a collection of 5000 books, including talking books, plus CDs and games.
As well as choosing books from a trolley service, patients can also ask for books by genre, and this can include requests for tomes on topics such as sport, classic fiction and even cookery books.
Brian McDevitt, Manager of WH Smith store in the Victoria Infirmary said:
“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to support our local hospitals and help to create library facilities for patients and staff. It’s a great way for the staff at WH Smith to get involved with their local communities and help promote literacy.”
The ‘Books for Hospitals’ 2010 initiative will see 3,000 books donated to ten hospitals across the country this year.
The WH Smith Trust is an independent charity that aims to promote literacy and support the local communities in which WH Smith staff and customers live and work.
WH Smith Group Charitable Trust
WH Smith Press Office 0207 8518850
Notes to Editor:
The WH Smith Group Charitable Trust is an independent charity (registered charity no. 1013782). The Trust has two principal objectives: to support the local community in which WH Smith staff and customers live and work; and to support education and lifelong learning. The charity plays an important role in enabling WH Smith to be at the heart of the local communities it serves and is an ideal fit with the WH Smith core values and brand.
WH Smith currently operates over 1000 stores, primarily in the UK, comprising over 573 high street stores and 516 retail units in airports, railway stations, hospitals, workplaces and motorway service areas. WH Smith sells a wide range of newspapers, magazines, stationery, books and confectionery products, with WH Smith Travel tailoring its offer to meet the needs of people on the move. www.whsmith.co.uk.
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email press[email protected]