Santa’s visit what the doctor ordered

SANTA hopes there won’t be any kids in Lismore Base Hospital this Christmas, but he has assured they won’t be forgotten if that’s where they end up.

The man in the red suit took a break from his duties being photographed at the Lismore Shopping Square yesterday to visit the children’s ward at the hospital.

He handed out presents to ill children, including 12-year-old Iesha Hickling, who was rushed to hospital in an ambulance on Tuesday.

Fortunately for Iesha, she is recovering well from a stomach bug and was due for release last night.

Nurse unit manager Kerry Byrne said she tried to send as many children as possible home from hospital for Christmas.

“For those who can’t, we encourage their parents to come in and try to have a family Christmas in our play room,” she said.

“It’s hard to know how many children will be here on Christmas Day. We have had up to 10 in the past, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the day brings.”

Children who do have to spend their Christmas Day in hospital will wake up to presents on their bed and will also be visited by Santa during the day.



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