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Festive fun at the Julian Hospital

​Staff wore their festive finery at a Christmas party for patients, their families and carers on a hospital ward in Norwich.

Christmas jumpers were out in force on Sandringham Ward at the Julian Hospital, which is an acute assessment ward for people aged 65 or over with a functional mental illness, such as anxiety, depression or schizophrenia.

Charge Nurse Kate Stelling said: “The summer and Christmas parties on Sandringham Ward are a big deal for staff and patients, and are among the much-anticipated highlights of our year.

“These events are not only well supported by our staff, patients and carers but also by our wider management team. It’s a great chance for everyone to spend some time together, have some fun and get into the Christmas spirit!

“Our patients were joined by their families and friends. We also had two ladies we had cared for previously attend with their families – it was lovely to see them.

“It went on for four hours and included carol singing and games, such as ‘Guess the name of the penguin’ and a festive advent calendar game. There was a buffet lunch and a raffle with prizes such as toiletries, chocolates, scarves and gloves. The staff work so hard to make it a great success and this year was no exception.

“We also had a festive ‘Bake Off’ style competition for staff with the patients as judges – they picked Chris Phillips, a clinical support worker, who baked a Yule log as the winner, for which he was awarded a prize of a Christmas apron.”

Patients helped to organise the party by helping staff with food shopping and by going out with them to collect prizes for the raffle.

Norwich jazz trio The Fill Station, which features Mrs Stelling’s daughter Georgia as a singer, provided some of the entertainment.

A total of £180 was raised on the day for NSFT’s charitable funds, which were used to pay for the party.

Caption: Joining in the festive fun (left to right) - Chris Phillips, Clinical Support Worker; Mark Baldwin, Staff Nurse; Ian Cannell, Clinical Support Worker; and Julie Warren, Chaplain.

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