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A Christmas Day in the Life of Helen Hancox, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department

Helen Helen has worked at our Children’s Hospital for three years and it will be her second Christmas Day on shift this year. She’ll join hundreds of our colleagues working right across our Trust by the sides of our patients and families. Helen explains what it’s like on the ‘big day’.

What does a typical Christmas Day on shift consist of?

“A typical Emergency Department shift on Christmas Day consists of looking after poorly children whilst also trying to spread some Christmas cheer and spirit around the department.  

Will you get time with your family and friends?

“I will be working during the day so that does mean I will be able to see my family during the afternoon and evening when I will get to enjoy my Christmas Dinner. 

“I will be working both Christmas Day and Boxing Day so I will be having my first Christmas with my husband on 24 December, which I’m really looking forward to. 

How would you sum up being a nurse on Christmas Day?

“Being a nurse on Christmas Day can be quite hard as you’re away from your loved ones but I know how much of a difference I can make to children and families when they are unwell and need our care in our Emergency Department.” 

Thanks to Helen and every single one of our fantastic team who is working this Christmas Day and during the festive period.