Christmas arrangements for patients and visitors

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

On Christmas Day in 2017, 603 people were staying as inpatient at one of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s three hospitals, four babies were born and 263 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. 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 during those hours.

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 from The Parishes in Scunthorpe town centre will not be running on Christmas Day.

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.

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

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.”

If you are a journalist and require further information contact the communications and marketing team on 03033 302528 or via nlg-tr.comms@nhs.net