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Patients young and old join celebrations for our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Pictured l-r are dementia and delirium assistant (DDA) Ian McDonald, sister Juliet Mwanza and DDA Debbie Smith

Our staff and partners made sure patients were able to get into the spirit of the festivities and enjoy celebrations marking our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend. 

Patients on our children’s ward took part in special royal-themed arts and crafts, including drawing and colouring pictures of the Queen, and even writing stories about what they would do if they were monarch for the day.

Pictured below is nine-year-old Illiya Kryvoshi drawing a picture of the Queen.

Pictured is nine-year-old Illiya Kryvoshi drawing a picture of the Queen.

Restaurants at both our hospitals were decorated with bunting and offered Jubilee themed food including jam roly-poly, while patients were given a special menu featuring traditional options from the 1950s, when the Queen was crowned, including specialties like corned beef hash. Scones with jam and cream or fresh strawberries were also delivered to our wards (pictured below).

Mitie and hospital staff at King George Hospital with scones and jam for our patients

Elderly patients, some of whom may even remember the coronation, were treated a selection of cakes, brought to their bedside on a trolley decorated especially for the occasion.

Debbie Smith, one of our dementia and delirium assistants (DDA)  who helped give out the cakes, said; “We really wanted to do something special to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee so took our trolley offering cakes to our care of the elderly wards.

“The patients really liked it and it was lovely for us to see their appreciation and have a chat with them. It helped everyone get into the spirit of the celebration.”

Debbie is pictured top on the far right with fellow DDA Ian McDonald and sister Juliet Mwanza and the treats trolley.

She is also pictured below with patient Charles Ainsworth and his wife Sylvia enjoying some cake.

Debbie Smith, DDA with with patient Charles Ainsworth and his wife Sylvia enjoying some cake.

Hardworking staff weren’t left out either with our partners; Mitie at King George Hospital and Sodexo at Queen’s Hospital, delivering slices of Victoria sponge cake to everyone.

To continue to recognise this momentous occasion for many years to come, we’ll also be getting involved in the Queen’s Green Canopy, which invites people to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’. A tree will be planted at each of our hospitals on Wednesday 8 June.

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