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Hospital staff brighten the wards with Christmas doors
A new tradition is sweeping the Childrens ward at York Hospital as part of the Christmas festivities.
Last year staff decided they could do more to brighten up the children’s ward so decided to decorate the doors. The festive gesture has since grown into a serious business as teams vie to create the most attractive decorated Christmas door. It has now turned into a competition where each creation is judged to find the overall winner.
Lianne Haycock, Play Specialist, said: “Last year our team decorated a door which looked so nice that we decided to do them all. We needed a bit of help so everyone on the children’s ward, from consultants to the nursing team, got involved to work in teams on their own door. It gets very competitive so it means we get some brilliant Christmas decorations.
“We don’t do things by half on the children’s ward and people took their decorating seriously, coming up with themes and using a whole variety of materials to create a unique design. This year the teams have upped their game and the results have been outstanding considering they do all this in their own time.
“Best of all - it gets everyone in the Christmas spirit, it boosts morale and the children love it!”
This year the competition was judged by the team from York City Football Club who were delivering Christmas gifts to the children in hospital.
Jamie Todd, care group manager for family health, added: “Congratulations to the paediatric consultant team for their interactive ‘Operation’ themed door which was voted the winner. The standard is getting higher and higher and we’re already looking forward to seeing how far people will go for next year’s competition!”
20 December 2019