Christmas arrangements for patients and visitors

While nobody wants to be in hospital over Christmas sadly that will be a reality for some people this year.

On Christmas Day in 2018, 647 people were staying as an inpatient at one of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s three hospitals, six babies were born and 291 people turned up at A&E for urgent and emergency treatment.

For those patients who are staying in hospital over the festive period this year they’ll be treated to a traditional roast turkey dinner on Christmas Day, roast pork on Boxing Day and roast chicken on New Year’s Day. A wide range of special diets and nutritional needs will also be catered for.

Hospedia will be providing free TV from 8am to 5pm on Christmas Day, so those in hospital won’t miss out on the tradition of watching the Queen’s Speech. There’ll also be a special visit from the big man himself as Santa will be giving out presents on the children’s wards.

For those who are visiting their loved ones on Christmas day they will be welcome to attend during the usual visiting times, 11am to 8pm, and they’ll also be able to park for free.

Jug Johal, director of estates and facilities, said: “Clearly nobody plans to be in hospital over Christmas but unfortunately we do have patients who have to stay in over the festive period and having a visitor can really make a difference. We understand people would rather be at home with their loved ones so we welcome visitors to come in as usual during our visiting hours but without incurring a cost to park.”

The Scunthorpe hospital park and ride service, which departs from The Parishes in Scunthorpe town centre, will not be running on 25 December.

More than a thousand staff will be working on Christmas Day caring for patients and keeping services running. From clinical staff including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to non-clinical staff including porters, catering staff, switchboard operators, laboratory staff, security guards and those working in the linen room. Community nurses and therapists will also be providing essential care out in the community, in people’s own homes.

Dr Peter Reading, Chief Executive, added: “I’d like to thank all of our staff for their efforts this year, they work incredibly hard to provide a good service to patients. A special thank you goes to those who will be working over the festive period, and especially those who will be giving up time with their own families on Christmas Day to look after our patients and keep our hospitals running.”

Chaplaincy staff will be visiting wards and there will be a service in the Scunthorpe hospital chapel at 10.30am where everyone is welcome.

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