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Christmas is a busy time for everyone, especially the hard-working staff at Vale of Leven Hospital.
While everyone is tucking into their Christmas dinner, health care workers will be sacrificing time with their loved ones to care for patients.
We spoke to three members of staff at the Alexandria hospital, who told us what they will be doing on December 25.
All three of them play a vital role in caring for patients, from making dinner to providing treatment and, most importantly, helping patients get into the festive spirit.
Nurse Lindsey Hall, from Rosneath, is working from 7.30am until 8pm.
She said: “I have only been in nursing for three years and this will be the second time I have worked on Christmas Day.
“There’s always a nice atmosphere and the patients get a lovely Christmas dinner.
“The staff make the most of it and we all bring in nice things to eat so we manage to put on a wee buffet, which we will hopefully get a chance to eat.
“After work I will go to see my mum but it won’t be a late one as I am up again the next day to work Boxing Day too.
“I will make up for it at New Year, when I am off for a few days and can relax properly with friends and family.”
Porter Eddie Stewart, from Alexandria, will be working night shift Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
He said: “This will be my second Christmas working at the Vale. I worked for 16 years at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow but as I live in Alexandria I am much closer to work now.
“I will be working both ends of Christmas Day as I am on night shift both Christmas Eve and on the day itself. After finishing on Christmas morning I will go home to see the family before heading off for a sleep.
“I will then get up and have Christmas dinner at my daughter’s but no wine as I will be off to work soon after that.”
He added: “I really don’t mind working Christmas. There are lots of people doing the same – doctors, nurses, police officers, ambulance staff – and it’s what needs to happen to keep things ticking over.
“I love working at the Vale. It’s really friendly and Christmas time always has a great buzz.”
Catering supervisor Theresa Docherty, from Dumbarton, is working 7am until 3pm on Christmas Day.
She said: “Working on Christmas Day is great. I love it.
“There’s always a cheery, relaxed atmosphere.
“We have the TV on while we work and have the Christmas tunes going all day.
“I have been working at the Vale for 22 years so have worked a fair few Christmas days.
“It’s all about teamwork and we make sure we are as organised as we can be.
“It’s also open visiting all day in the hospital so there are family and friends coming and going all day and everyone is in a good mood.”
“I am lucky as, even though I am working, I finish early so still get to have Christmas dinner with my family.
“In total I will help to make more than 200 Christmas dinners on the day and then go home and start my second shift.”