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Winning wards switch on Christmas tree lights

11 December 2017

Health Care

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 Leigh-on-Sea.

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."

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Image:l-r Cicily Poulouse - Deputy Ward Manager, Anisha Emmi - Ward Manager, Eddie Kennedy - Healthcare Assistant, Jan Drury - Healthcare Assistant and Ruth Gale, Matron