5 Minutes with Richard Hodder

We would like to introduce you to Richard Hodder who is an ex patient, the hospital’s Lead Governor as well as a volunteer on the wards. In December 2012, Dr Richard Hodder spent Christmas in Royal Papworth Hospital after he underwent a pulmonary endarterectomy operation on the 22nd of December. Since then Richard has made an amazing recovery.

What makes Papworth so special to you?

For me, the Staff at the Hospital are the ones that make it the place that it is today, I always tell people that Papworth is close to my heart in more ways than one. From the cleaners to the consultants, every staff member plays an amazing role to ensure that the Hospital continues to provide the exceptional care that it does, day in day out. Whether it is when I am being cared for since 2012 or when I am walking round the Hospital today, every member of staff continues to amaze me with their hard work and dedication.  

“Papworth is close to my heart in more ways than one”

What made you decide to become a governor?

Having spent a lifetime in medicine as a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, in research and as a GP , after retiring I realised that I missed the ‘medical buzz’ that many others in the medical profession will understand. When the opportunity arose to become involved at this incredible hospital that had saved my life, I jumped at the chance.

What do you most enjoy about volunteering on the wards?

Talking to the patients on the ward whilst I am doing my paper round is the best part about the role for me. I love to hear about their stories and experiences as well as also finding out about how they are finding their stay in the Hospital. I chair the Patient and Public Involvement meetings so I find that talking to the patients themselves allows me to feedback some interesting opinions to this committee which in turn can lead to improvements where needed.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

In my RAF career I worked in various RAF Hospitals, including Ely, and got to visit the most amazing     countries and meet some incredible people. I worked in Bahrain, Oman, Cyprus, Turkey and the UK. I also had short periods in Canada, Australia, USA and Hong Kong.  

Royal Papworth Hospital Charity would like to thank Richard and all of our wonderful volunteers for all of their hard work over the year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!