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Local NHS staff deliver bags of joy for patients stuck in hospital over Christmas

24 December 2015

Health Care

Staff from local NHS organisation. Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have donated hand-picked gifts to fill 25 hand-sewn bags that form a life-sized advent calendar.

The bags of gifts will be handed out to patients in Southend Hospital over the Christmas period. 

Yvonne Bl├╝cher, chief nurse at Southend, said: "This is an incredibly generous gesture from our colleagues at NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and is very much appreciated by our patients on Windsor ward, their families and our staff. Those patients who unfortunately will be with us over the Christmas period will certainly appreciate this thoughtfulness."

Ian Stidston Accountable Officer for NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG said: "The nature of our work is about how best to deliver local NHS services in the interests of local residents.  Staff felt strongly that they wanted to bring a smile to those in hospital, especially at this time of year. Sometimes a smile is the best medicine."

The CCG would like to thank Waitrose who kindly donated some vouchers to this project in line with the John Lewis 'Man on the Moon' Christmas advertising campaign.