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Caring for Croydon at Christmas and preparing for the New Year
30 December 2016

In the run up to Christmas, our staff worked very hard to ensure that, where possible, people could spend the festive season with loved ones and so we were able to discharge 119 people home on 23rd December.

For those who were in the hospital, there was a range of events to make the festive season special. Players from Crystal Palace Football Club gave presents and spent time with some of our patients and a violin group, made up of local children and their teacher, entertained youngsters on Rupert Bear ward. They also had a visit from Santa and one of his elves bearing presents from West Thornton police team and received gifts on Christmas Eve from London Ambulance Service paramedics.

On several of our wards, elderly patients received presents from the Lajna Association, a local group for Muslim women and our patient experience team also held a Christmas tea party.

On Christmas Day, our Emergency Department was busy but the team were able to ensure we were able to look after everyone who needed care while bringing some festive cheer to the day. Across the hospital, ward teams delivered gifts to patients, we were joined by the Salvation Army playing carols and our chaplaincy team held a series of Christmas services for patients and staff.

Here are just a couple of the tweets we received from our grateful patients over the festive season.

• “Recovering from surgery performed by lovely staff @ Croydon University Hospital (aka Mayday) on Wednesday. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!”

• "Ended Boxing Day in A&E at 2am this morning my little sis was well taken care of the nurses and Dr at C.Uni.Hos were amazing @croydonhealth"

For those patients who are currently staying with us at the hospital, we are working hard to look after them and also to ensure that anyone who is well enough to go home is able to leave before 1pm each day.

Looking ahead to the New Year, we can expect to be busy on New Year’s Eve so, we are urging people to be sensible and take care so their celebrations don’t end up with them needing to come to A&E. We would also like to remind people also of the range of other services available if they don’t need emergency care.

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