Winning wards switch on Christmas tree lights
11 December 2017
Sita Lumsden and Gordon Hopkins wards were presented the coveted Employee of the Year award at this year’s Southend Hospital Heroes awards.
As part of collecting that accolade, which they won for how well
the two wards had demonstrated excellent patient care as part of
the hospital out of hours team, representatives of the wards got to
turn on the Christmas tree lights at the front of the hospital.
They pressed the plunger surrounded by a crowd of staff,
governors, the sweet smell of non-alcoholic Christmas punch and the
tuneful sounds of children of Saint Pierre School choir from
The switch on is part of a stuffed calendar of Christmas
activities across the hospital which will see visits including
Southend United Football Club to Neptune Children's Ward and PAT
Dogs delivering joy to wards. And wards and non-clinical areas will
also be adding up decorations and trees.
One of those helping to switch on the lights was Anishi Emmi,
Ward Manager of both wards. She said: "Everyone on the wards has
been excited about the switch on and it's great to be recognised
and has been a real privilege to turn the Christmas tree lights on
this year. It's been nice to represent everyone off the wards and
has made us all feel like mini-celebrities, it has given everyone
an extra spring in their steps."
Saying a few words prior to the lighting of the tree, which was
supplied thanks to Davis Construction, who are currently working at
the Trust, was Southend Hospital's Managing Director, Yvonne
Blücher. She said: "I'd like to thank all the volunteers and
staff who are here in attendance, the children of Saint Pierre
School choir for providing the musical accompaniment. I also
want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Image:l-r Cicily Poulouse - Deputy Ward Manager, Anisha Emmi -
Ward Manager, Eddie Kennedy - Healthcare Assistant, Jan Drury -
Healthcare Assistant and Ruth Gale, Matron