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Lennox Herald - - NOTEBOOK - Carla Tal­bot

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.”

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