Decorations brighten mood
IT may look like a bit of fun, but make no mistake: the annual Christmas decoration competition at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is very serious business.
The speech pathology department spent dozens of hours after work and on the weekends creating a nativity scene to impress the ‘wise men’ judges last Wednesday.
Right up until 8pm the night before, senior speech pathologist Geraldine Harris and department head Kim Brookes were putting the final touches on their handcrafted Bethlehem – complete with hay, cardboard donkeys and a real wooden stable.
Ms Harris said other wards had sent spies down to scout their preparations in the days leading up to judging.
“I don’t know about ‘friendly’ competition, I think it’s always just very competitive,” Ms Harris said.
“We try to decorate the ward every year, but this year there was a real push to do it quite seriously.
“Everyone was voluntarily really excited by it, and I think that speaks to the type of people who work here at the hospital.”
Although the speech pathology department accepted second place when ward G73 took out the top spot for A Very Magical Harry Potter Christmas, Ms Brookes said the competition was ultimately about their patients.
“It’s a lovely way to create that feeling of teamwork and Christmas spirit,” the Wembley resident said.
“When patients come to the hospital it is usually a sad time, they have diagnoses and diseases and so forth, so it’s nice to add just a little bit of joy to their lives.”