Older people were given a surprise visit from four young trainees from the ‘National Elf Service’.
The quartet of Santa’s Little Helpers helped deliver Christmas gifts to people at Wansbeck General Hospital.
It was part of a video by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to help spread festive cheer and celebrate the work of NHS staff.
The four little helpers, aged from two to nine, are all children of staff who work at the trust and volunteered their time, after school, to support the fun ‘National Elf Service’ film.
Maureen Davidson, matron at Wansbeck General Hospital, said: “It was fantastic to have Santa’s Little Helpers here at Wansbeck and visiting some of our most vulnerable patients who were genuinely quite moved to receive such a lovely Christmas surprise
“There are many people who will need our care and support over the festive season and the video sends out a lovely message to everyone in society to call on those who may need help and support his winter.
“We have a fantastic Christmas display here at Wansbeck and it is lovely to have the trust film the video here with the children. We hope it makes everyone smile and am sure will spread lots of Christmas cheer to all NHS staff across the country.”
Annie Laverty, director of patient experience at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “The video captures everything that is magical about Christmas and everything that is wonderful about our NHS.”
“There are thousands of older people who will need help from the NHS this Christmas and thousands of NHS staff working hard to make sure we deliver high quality patient care.
“Many of us will have loved ones, grandmothers and grandfathers, in hospital this Christmas and we really hope people enjoy watching our video and the warm sentiment of children visiting the older generation.”