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From Elsa Witherspoon

The Branch Christmas Soiree was held on 14 December 2016. There was a great turn out of Branch Members and everyone adhered to the theme of wearing a Christmas jumper, sweatshirt or T-shirt. Pre-dinner drinks at Wetherspoons in Belfast was followed by a meal at Nandos, and the evening ended with a brisk walk around Belfast’s Christmas Market and partaking in cultural food and drink.

This was a truly enjoyable night, with a strictly ‘no camera’ EU Directive because what happens on Christmas Soiree stays on Christmas Soiree.

On Christmas Day, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust treated patients to breakfasts with a difference, as follows:

  • at Knockbracken Healthcare Park & Mater Infirmary Hospital patients were provided an Ulster Fry for breakfast
  • at Royal Group of Hospitals, the standard breakfast was replaced with croissants and hot chocolate, and
  • at Belfast City Hospital, the standard breakfast was replaced with hot assorted Danish pastries. Each patient also received an individual ‘salad box’ with homemade shortbread, mince pie and a mandarin orange to enjoy throughout the day.

All patients enjoyed a full Christmas Dinner, which was modified to reflect dietary and allergen requirements.

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