Patients at South Tyneside and Sunderland hospitals will be bedding down tonight in fancy new Christmas Eve pyjamas after the hospitals received more than 500 donations from kind-hearted locals as part of its Nightwear Before Christmas campaign.
The annual campaign at the NHS Trust is designed to make sure people who may otherwise not feel especially Christmassy at this time of year are at least able to have a festive night – even though they’re in hospital.
The teams behind the effort, the Delirium and Dementia Outreach Team (DDOT) at Sunderland Royal and the Discharge Lounge at South Tyneside, said they were overjoyed with the response.
Jessica Young, an Elder Life Specialist Practitioner based in the Alexandra Centre at Sunderland Royal, said: “The response has been really great and we have had a lot of phone calls from people to tell us they’re dropping them off or that they’ve posted them in our post box outside.
“It’s been brilliant to see lots more donations made again this year. Sometimes the patients like to wear their new nightclothes on Christmas Eve, sometimes they like to keep them to open on Christmas Day.
“It really helps bring out the festive atmosphere and the patients are really grateful as some come in to hospital with very little and don’t have loved ones to bring in these personal items.”
Paul Young, who manages the Discharge Lounge also thanked everyone to have donated nightwear.
Donations have been gifted by people and staff from organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions, Ryhope Reminiscence Group, the Foundation of Light and many local NHS staff – including from within the Trust, North East Ambulance Service, and the nearby Fulwell and Concord Medical Practices.