Father Christmas is set to surprise poorly children on the children’s ward at Royal Preston Hospital this Christmas.
Children’s ward manager Claire Beatiee says tonight will be the busiest day on the ward and that the staff at the hospital work hard to ensure that the youngsters who are unable to experience Christmas at home have a special day.
She said: “Christmas is generally very busy on the children’s ward. Christmas Eve is usually the busiest of all the shifts because parents are trying to get their children seen and sorted before Christmas Day because they don’t want their children in hospital on Christmas Day.
“The children that do have to stay on the ward on Christmas Day get a visit from Father Christmas.
“He comes round and gives every child a present and the kitchen provide a lovely Christmas lunch and a nice festive tea. The ward is always decorated and we generally try and keep everyone as happy and as upbeat as we possibly can.”
The visit comes after PNE players donated a stack of gifts to the ward. And Wendy Stocki, hospital based specialist team leader, said they try and make it as Christmassy as possible for the youngsters.
She said: “We do get some very poorly children at this time of year. While they are here we just make it Christmas for them here.”
Claire added: “On Christmas Day we try and get everyone home that we possibly can.
“Even if it is only for day leave. Over Christmas the consultant, the registrar and the junior doctors all come round and do the ward rounds in the morning and assess the children’s needs and decide if they can go home.
“If they are getting better in themselves then we try and get them home.”