Small Acts of Friendship

Small Acts of Friendship is a campaign launched by Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals in partnership with the Elderly Care team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Small Acts of Friendship is a programme of personal services and activities, ranging from hairdressing to music and poetry groups, which help patients keep a sense of dignity, social activity and well-being in hospital. Since its launch in 2017, Small Acts of Friendship has benefited over 4,000 patients and was identified as an example of outstanding practice by CQC.

For 2021 we have opened one Friends Room for End of Life care. We have also extended Small Acts of Friendship into the three respiratory wards in the Royal Sussex County Hospital supporting patients in seven wards.

“This is a brilliant scheme and I am delighted to support it. Looking after older people is becoming an increasingly large part of the work of the hospitals in Brighton, and in the country generally. Initiatives like this will undoubtedly improve the care and treatment elderly patients receive, as well as providing some valuable learning that can be shared with anyone in this field.”

Professor Jon Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases, Brighton & Sussex Medical School President, International Society for Infectious Diseases

“I am delighted to support the Small Acts of Friendship project, and to see NHS Clinicians and the Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals bringing together so many parts of the community to create an improved quality of life to elderly people when they are in hospital.”

Baroness Cumberlege

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