20 December 2019
The run up to Christmas this year at the L&D has been one to remember, particularly for the number of local school choirs who have been in to bring festive cheer to our patients, visitors and staff, with a performance somewhere in the hospital almost every day over the last two weeks!
Visitors to the Children’s wards include Bedfordshire Police who took time out from their very busy lives to come in on several occasions with armfuls of presents for our young patients, as did the players from Luton Town Football Club. Other major supporters included London Luton Airport, who brought gifts for our cancer patients, and Domino’s Dunstable who made a very generous donation to the hospital’s Helipad Appeal. Thank you all!
Sarah Amexheta, Head of Charity, said: “We are surrounded by incredible schools. The last two weeks have been amazing, Thank you to pupils and staff from Ferrars Academy, Denbigh High, Chiltern Academy, Breachwood Green, Beechwood, St Hildas, Icknield High, Southfields Primary, Chantry Primary, Whipperly Infant and Ashcroft High schools for supporting our hospital, bringing cheer to our patients this Christmas. These are some very inspiring young people.”
“Beechwood School donated £1800 of presents for children’s wards and NICU St Hildas held their nativity in support of the Children’s wards, attended by Dr P Rajendran. Chiltern Academy held a fete on Friday 13 December for the Helipad Appeal. Luton Sixth Form have been in wrapping presents, and pupils from Breachwood Green School came in with lots of gifts for the children’s wards. Many other local schools have been making Christmas cards for our patients.”
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.