Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas one and all!

Christmas 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! Welcome to our Christmas 2016 page, where you will find links to and summaries of Christmas stories from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

If you have a festive story relevant to our hospitals or community services, please call Sarah Walker in the communication and engagement team on 01642 854343.

Peace Light arrives at James Cook

Christmas 2016

Marie Edwards teaching Asher Alfriyie about the Peace Light

A Peace Light which has been travelling from Bethlehem to Britain every Christmas for 20 years was welcomed to The James Cook University Hospital.

Children from Playdays Nursery on the hospital site sang Christmas songs, as an altar candle was lit in the Chapel of the Good Samaritan using the Peace Light, brought in by The Fourth South Bank Scout Group leader Arthur Wooff.

This year, Arthur collected the light from Luton. It had made the journey from Jesus Christ’s grotto of birth in Bethlehem to Austria, before travelling to the rest of Europe.


Children from Playdays with the Peace Light

He said: “We always make a point of bringing it to the chapel at the hospital. We bring it here in the hope people will spread the word of light and peace.”

Marie Edwards, lead chaplain, added: “We light this light in the hospital in the hope that people who come to the chapel feel at peace and take comfort from it.”

Staff get in the spirit for #christmasjumperday

Staff from the finance team and graphic designer Claire Barrass got in the Christmas spirit with their festive jumpers for a good cause.Christmas 2016

The staff took part in Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday December 16 2016.

Christmas 2016Other staff who want to send us their pictures, please tweet them @SouthTees or email

Carols at The James Cook University Hospital

atrium-carols-012Staff got in the Christmas spirit as the trust’s chaplaincy service led a small carol concert in the south entrance atrium of The James Cook University Hospital.

Members of the therapeutic care volunteers team and other trust staff also helped patients who wished to attend join in the fun.

Everything from carols like Silent Night to fun classics such as Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas made for an uplifting Monday morning during Christmas week! Picture gallery.

Christmas services

Staff and patients at The James Cook University Hospital will welcome The Salvation Army, who will be singing carols around the wards on Christmas Eve from 7pm to 9pm.

Anyone can join in. If you’d like to get involved, meet at the Chaplaincy meeting room at 6.50pm.

Staff who would like the singers to visit their ward contact the chaplaincy team on extension 54802.

On Christmas Day, there will also be a service of Holy Communion in the Chapel of the Good Samaritan from 10.30am to 11am. All are welcome.

Holy Communion at the bedside is also available for those who are unable to come to the chapel.

Staff can contact the chaplaincy team for more details on extension 54802.

Boro players delight young patients with festive visit

BoroWhen he asked this young fan what he’d like for Christmas, Boro defender Ben Gibson wasn’t expecting the reply: “A win against Burnley would be nice!”

But that’s exactly the kind of light-hearted banter Boro players got during their annual visit to the Children’s Wards at The James Cook University Hospital.

No pressure there then!

The full story and pictures is on our news pages.

Carol concert at Friarage Hospital

Christmas 2016Staff, patients and visitors attended a Carol Concert at The Friarage Hospital.

Everyone involved got in the festive spirit and joined in with traditional songs and fun classics!

Christmas 2016The event, at The Hub, brought Christmas cheer and was much welcomed by everybody singing along as well as those just enjoying a coffee in the restaurant.

Thanks to all who got involved!

Cleveland Unit nativity

Cleveland Unit nativity photos from the performance in the atrium at The James Cook University Hospital.