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Become a Member of the St George’s community!

Become a Member of the St George’s community!


St George’s launches its new three year membership strategy today, on the 71st birthday of the NHS.

The strategy is designed to maximise the opportunities for local people to get involved with St George’s, and the hundreds of services it provides.

St George’s is one of the busiest NHS Trusts in the country. Every year it delivers 5,000 babies; sees 650,000 people for outpatient appointments; treats 150,000 patients in the Emergency Department here in Tooting; and much, much more.

It touches the lives of many, many people every day – so it’s only natural that local people want to find out more about the organisation and the effort and skill put in by its 9,000 staff.

Richard Mycroft, who has lived in Streatham for 35 years, is a publicly elected Governor at St George’s, and is one of those leading a new push to get more people to sign up as Members.

“Like most people, I felt strongly that the NHS is a treasure we all rely on when we need it most. We all know there’s a lot of pressure on the NHS right now. I’ve spent most of my career as a human resources specialist and director but now have more time to spare, so when the role of Governor came up at St George’s, I wanted to get involved to support my local hospital. I’ve learnt so much about what it does and the people that work here that make it so special.


“St George’s is an NHS Foundation Trust, which means it elects staff and public Governors. Public Governors represent the best interests of the public by scrutinising the big decisions the Trust makes and checking its performance. We are there as a check and balance but we work constructively with the Trust Board – we’re all here to get the best healthcare possible for everyone we serve.” 

Richard has helped shape the Trust’s new Membership Strategy, launched today. Becoming a Member is free and doesn’t require a major commitment. It’s a way to find out more about St George’s, its many services and even what’s new in health treatment. But the new strategy will also give members more chances to get involved if they wish.

Richard said: “People care deeply about their local hospital, including me. Both my kids were born at St George’s; countless friends have been treated there; and within the past few years, two immediate family members have been inpatients there. I’ve never stopped valuing deeply what the NHS does for us all – and I know I am not alone in feeling like this. Becoming a Member is a really practical way to show that support. We want more than ever to tap into the huge amount of goodwill for the Trust.

“We want St George’s to be an organisation that truly engages with the communities it serves. This includes people living locally – particularly Wandsworth and Merton – as well as those living further afield. It is amazing to think, but the Trust serves a population of 3.5 million including referrals from across south west London, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and beyond. As a result, anyone can become a member, wherever they live – so please do get in touch and become a member of the St George’s Community!”

Becoming a member is straightforward – the simplest way is via the Trust’s website. You can also pop into St George’s Hospital in Tooting during office hours and speak to Richard Coxon, Membership and Engagement Manager, based on the ground floor of Grosvenor Wing. Or you can ring him on 0208 266 6132.

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