Staff from Nepean Hospital's N2F Ward
Compassionate care shines at Christmas
23 Dec 2020
Through all the challenges of 2020, frontline health care workers have done their best to ensure the delivery of quality health care and a positive experience for patients.
This year, the global pandemic has not prevented hospital staff in helping patients have a wonderful Christmas season.
From the wearing of Christmas scrubs, COVID-safe decoration displays, a passing “Merry Christmas” or an extra twinkle in their eye, staff have gone above and beyond to spread Christmas cheer throughout their wards and departments.
“Christmas is such an important time for many people and this has been a particularly hard year. It really has been great to see staff making such an effort for their patients as we approach the end of 2020,” says Giselle Garrick, Nepean Hospital Nurse Manager, Medical Specialties.
Amongst Santa Zoom calls to patients at the Children’s Ward and staff preparations to distribute donated gifts, Ms Garrick highlights Nepean Hospital’s N2F ward for their thoughtful care of a long-term patient.
The patient has no family to celebrate with and has spent many months in hospital. To brighten their Christmas, N2F staff contributed their own money to surprise the patient with gifts on Christmas morning.
“We believe the Christmas Spirit means everybody should receive at least one present on Christmas. As a ward, we’ve been able to raise enough money to buy our patient a substantial amount of presents. We can’t wait to see their face on Christmas morning,” says Ward N2F Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Stacy Patterson.
“N2F’s thoughtfulness and willingness to make the day special for their patient really highlights what Christmas is all about. Collectively, we’ve faced a lot of challenges this year and it’s so touching to see kindness and compassion on display,” Ms Garrick says.