Nursing staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham are supporting its charity’s Christmas campaign, which will bring festive cheer to patients and staff on the wards during December.
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust noted that around 100,000 patients will visit its main site over the festive period.
However, “kind-hearted staff” are supporting the hospital’s official charity campaign to provide chocolate hampers for patients and staff to share, Christmas trees for every floor, ward decorations, gifts for children and teenagers with cancer, and free parking and TV on Christmas Day.
Laura Beacham, a Teenage Cancer Trust clinical nurse specialist at the hospital, said: “Christmas is a time of the year when no one wants to be in hospital.
“Unfortunately, for many of the 16 to 24 year olds with cancer being cared for on the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Persons Unit, treatment can’t be stopped and they are in hospital for some, if not all, of the festive period,” she said.
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“Being able to provide opportunities through activities and Christmas distractions means so much to the team, but more importantly the patients and their loved ones get to forget about their cancer and its treatment for a while and just enjoy Christmas,” she added.
Andrea Fernyhough, a ward manager at the hospital, said the festive hampers, decorations and choirs all provided “a great boost to patients and staff”.
“Patients at QEHB rely on generous donations to QEHB Charity, to help bring these added extras to the wards,” she noted.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is the official charity of Queen Elizabeth hospitals.
It funds equipment, research and training beyond the scope of the NHS and aims to make a difference to the lives of patients, visitors and staff at the foundation trust.
The charity also supports the military patients treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and has opened Fisher House, a ‘home from home’ for military patients and their families.