Sydney Local Health District celebrates the season of giving with a festive focus on patients, families, volunteers and staff
Sydney Local Health District is spreading the spirit of Christmas throughout its five hospitals with staff sharing a little festive cheer with hundreds of patients and their families.
Staff at Royal Prince Alfred, Balmain, Canterbury, Concord and Sydney Dental hospitals have all participated in the traditional annual Christmas decorating competition.
Wards, nurses’ stations, operating theatres, and clinics across the hospitals have been decked out with Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths, tinsel, fairy lights and other decorations.
There’s friendly rivalry between staff who’ve competed for prizes in three categories: patients/wards/units, departments and sustainability.
And, across the District, there has also been performances from community choirs, a school orchestra, a staff charity giving tree has been set up and Santa has made an early visit.
As a special touch, on Christmas Day, every inpatient in each hospital is set to receive a card from the District’s chief executive Dr Teresa Anderson.
“Our patients and their families are at the centre of everything we do.
“Being in hospital over the festive season may be hard for some people and giving a card to each inpatient is one way we’re able to spread a little Christmas cheer in our wards,” Dr Anderson said.
There have also been celebrations to acknowledge the large group of dedicated volunteers who give-up their own time to provide assistance to hospital administrators, patients, carers and their families throughout the year.
“We have a team of volunteers who help us in so many ways across our hospitals. They have been actively involved in supporting patients in wards and clinics, offering insights as members of important committees and contributing to the many events we’ve held in 2018,” Dr Anderson said.
For example, staff at Concord Hospital organised a Christmas lunch for volunteers from the Friends of Concord, and consumer representatives, to show their appreciation for their support of the hospital over the past year.
And, each hospital also holds end of year celebrations to recognise the commitment and achievements of its staff who work tirelessly to care for others every day of the year – including Christmas Day.
“Our teams come to work and make a difference to the lives of others 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
“We value the work our staff to every day. And I want to publically thank all our staff for the important role they play in our community,” Dr Anderson said.
To celebrate the end of the year, doctors, nurses and support staff from all the District’s hospitals gathered for BBQs which were an opportunity to reflect on the significant successes of 2018.
At RPA, staff also joined an inaugural quarterly forum at KPEC auditorium with the hospital’s executive to discuss the past 12-months achievements and to look forward to the year ahead.
At Sydney Dental, fifteen long-serving staff were recognised with awards. The group includes Rosalind Beasley who has worked at the hospital in various roles for the past 30 years. She’s currently an administration officer at the reception desk of the prosthetics lab.
At Canterbury, staff reflected on the successes of the past year which included the hospital’s first open day that offered a chance for the local community to learn more about the services the hospital provides.
At Balmain, during end of year celebrations staff tested their general knowledge on a series of trivia questions about events in 2018.