Party Day brings smiles to sick kids

Being in hospital felt more like being in a children’s wonderland for patients and families as The Children’s Hospital at Westmead transformed for its annual Party Day.

The Christmas-style extravaganza saw Christmas cheers fill the halls and corridors while departments transformed into a whole variety of enchanting themes including Winter Wonderland, Fairy Garden, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and much more.

Healthcare workers from doctors, to nurses, to allied health professionals, right through to ward clerks and administration teams, all took on additional roles as Santa’s elves, working around the clock to not only care for sick children but also to help make the magical transformation possible.

“For many of the children spending the festive season in hospital can be one of the most challenging times but with the help of Santa and our wonderful staff, we were able to bring Christmas to their bedside and share some of that Christmas magic,” Alan Gardo, Director of Nursing said.

“After what has been a particularly difficult year in healthcare, to see our teams still pull together and go the extra mile for sick kids, is truly special.”

The elves swapped their scrubs and uniforms for themed costumes and patients enjoyed a COVID-safe day full of fun and entertainment including virtual performances from Guy Sebastian, Johnny Ruffo, the Wiggles, Batman, Disney princesses and a very special guest video appearance from the big man in red, himself.

Santa called all the way from his workshop in the North Pole, spreading Christmas joy, answering questions and hearing all about the children’s wish lists. He also arranged for presents to be delivered to each and every child.

“I got to video call Santa and we spoke about what I wanted for Christmas. When I said what I wanted he told one of his elves named Steven to help him organise it.

I had so much fun and the nurses on the ward are very kind, they decorated the whole ward for Party Day.” Elessa, 8-year-old patient said.

Party Day is designed to give children and families the opportunity to enjoy a Christmas party, regardless of where they will be spending this festive season.

Check out the full album of photos on The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Facebook page.