Our shop, tea bar and services

The League of Friends has a very busy office where all the 'behind the scenes' work is done: accounting, membership database administration, secretarial work etc.

We provide hosts and hostesses to escort patients and visitors to their appointments or to give directions if they are able to get there on their own.

We also have the following retail outlets at St Helier hospital for which we are always looking for extra volunteers:

The hospital shop at St Helier is open seven days a week. Monday to Friday it’s open from 9am to 7pm. Weekend and evening hours do vary depending if volunteers are available.  We sell a large variety of goods, including newspapers, toiletries, soft toys, sandwiches, chilled food, drinks and sweets.  We also sell gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free and halal products. 

The tea bar at St Helier Hospital is a very busy outlet which caters for staff, patients and visitors alike. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. We sell hot and cold drinks, freshly made to order sandwiches and rolls, as well as cakes, crisps and sweets. All our bread, rolls and fresh cakes are delivered daily.

The tea bar is air-conditioned to be nice and cool in the summer time. There is a large mural on the back wall which was painted by Carshalton Girls School and which shows aspects of Carshalton in a garden scene. Each time you look at it you spot something new!

There is also a small garden area outside which hopefully will cheer customers up whilst they have their cup of tea. So, although it is a busy unit, it still maintains a friendly and peaceful atmosphere if you wish to sit down to eat or drink.

The tea bar is situated in Ferguson House on the ground floor, opposite the Springall Unit.

Please note: occasionally it may be necessary to close early if volunteers are sick or on holiday.

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