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Christmas all wrapped up for RACE unit patients

Older patients admitted to Poole Hospital’s RACE unit will receive presents on Christmas Day this year, with a little help from Santa’s little helpers and ward staff.

The Rapid Access Consultant Evaluation (RACE) unit takes urgent admissions from the hospital’s A&E department or by GP referral. Emergency admission to hospital can come as an unwelcome surprise for many patients, and being in hospital on Christmas Day can be a worrying and unsettling time.

To help brighten up the big day for these patients, deputy sister Chrissy Rynor set out to provide some Christmas cheer by collecting donated gifts to be handed out by elves, in the guises of her daughters Libby, 13, and Harriet, 18. They’ll be coming to the unit on Christmas Day to hand out the wrapped presents, which were donated by ward staff, their friends and family.

“Although we try to do something each year to bring a little festive cheer on the RACE unit, this is the first time we’ve asked for presents for every patient who will be on the unit on this special day,” explains Sally Cobb, RACE unit sister.

“The unit is very busy and I would expect to see more than 20 patients whose hospital admission was unplanned.

“By giving out gifts, with a little help from our elves, I hope we can make being in hospital at this time of year a little more pleasant.

“Chrissy has hit on a brilliant idea, and the response to her appeal for presents has been fantastic – I think our patients will love them.

“Thanks to everyone who has donated a present, and to Chrissy, Libby and Harriet for their efforts.”

The award-winning RACE unit has been recognised nationally for its seven day service model, which sees consultants undertaking ward rounds every day of the week, and for its multidisciplinary team working.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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