Dec­o­ra­tions brighten mood

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Christmas - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

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.”

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