Festive treat for hospital patients

FRONTLINE health workers in South Yorkshire are going the extra mile for patients forced to spend the festive season in hospital.

Doctors, nurses and hospital staff have planned festive treats to help give sick people a reason to smile on December 25. At Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Santa Claus will kickstart celebrations by visiting the wards bearing gifts for all the children.

Margaret October, matron at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Christmas Day at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is made as special as possible for patients and their families in our care. Christmas dinner is served at lunchtime and we make the wards as open as possible so everyone can enjoy dinner together. Visiting times are open so families can be together.

“In the evening families are sent hampers with nibbles and treats, to sit and enjoy while they watch a film or enjoy Christmas activities.”

Meanwhile, at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, kitchen staff will clock on at 6am to get Christmas lunch ready for patients.

Chef Vanessa Ward said: “It’s satisfying to know that you helped to make someone’s Christmas a little better.”