PATIENT SAFETY Buckinghamshire Healthcare, the trust that runs Stoke Mandeville Hospital, has said it is “shocked” over allegations that Sir Jimmy Savile abused children while volunteering there.

Sir Jimmy was a high profile fundraiser for the National Spinal Injuries Centre and also volunteered as a hospital porter.

Allegations that he abused patients surfaced today. They follow a documentary about his serial molestation of under age girls screened by ITV last week. Police have since said that they have gathered information suggesting abuse on a “national scale”.

In a statement, the trust said: “Buckinghamshire Healthcare is shocked to hear of the allegations about Jimmy Savile.

“We are unaware of any record or reports of inappropriate behaviour of this nature during Jimmy’s work with the trust.

“We can confirm that the police have contacted us this week as part of their assessment exercise and we are co-operating with them fully.”

A trust spokesman said it has received no formal request for information, and had no record of either formal or informal complaints about Sir Jimmy’s conduct.

Sir Jimmy also volunteered at Leeds General Infirmary.