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Smiles all round at hospital festive celebration

19 January 2017

It was smiles all round as some 50 patients and their guests took part in a festive celebration event in Western Isles Hospital’s Erisort Ward Day Room recently.

The event, organised for patients delayed in hospital, enabled the opportunity for them to come together in a social atmosphere to enjoy the company of other patients and visitors outside their own ward.


Hospital staff dressed up as elves and Santa provided a gift to each patient.

Providing the live entertainment were Alasdair MacLeod, Point folkgroup, Josie Duncan, Hadie Mansfield and the Sharon MacKinnon School of Highland Dancing. The local Coop donated cakes, soft fruits and refreshments.


Health board chief executive, Gordon Jamieson, said: “Feedback received has been tremendous with patients, carers and families participating in carol singing and enjoying the entertainment in a relaxed and social setting.”


The event was organised by the Western Isles Hospital’s Tuesday Ceilidh Club, which meets each Tuesday between 2pm-3pm in the Erisort Ward Day Room offering a friendly place for hospital patients, their partners, family and friends in a relaxed environment to help cognitive decline, such as problems with memory or thinking.