I arrived at Rye Hospital late on a Tuesday evening before Christmas to a beautifully decorated entrance hall and a rocking horse decorated with tinsel – to be met by smiling faces – I immediately felt at home.
The hospital is run by a charming, calm and friendly matron with a lovely team of caring nurses and housekeepers under her.
Two days before Christmas, the committee gave the patients a little party with nibbles before supper. Soon after we were taken back to our rooms, there was a faint sound of carol singers who came and sang outside our rooms which all added to the Christmas atmosphere.
Christmas Eve was a very busy day for the staff who worked so hard moving furniture and arranging the table for Christmas lunch.
On Christmas morning after all the patients had been washed and dressed – there was the sound of a bell ringing and father Christmas appeared in all his robes and white beard – a former patient. He gave everyone a present which was very much appreciated.
The lunch was expertly cooked by the chef and brought into the dayroom to a beautifully decorated table complete with crackers – which was enjoyed by everyone.
We were then taken back to our rooms to await the arrival of our families. It was a lovely day thanks to the hard working staff.
This is a lovely small re-hab hospital, staffed by dedicated people and a credit to the NHS.
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