Christmas is going to be different for all of us.
As we look to a more subdued festive season than we’d all prefer, we have written our own Christmas wish list – a special list of what the public can do to make sure we all have the best possible Christmas and New Year.
Our Christmas list
- Firstly, try to relax and enjoy yourself. This has been a stressful year for us all.
- Keep celebrations to small numbers and local – it can still be fun.
- Follow all government rules regarding mixing and travel.
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms isolate and don’t mix, even over Christmas.
- Enjoy outside exercise with your household and in small numbers.
- Enjoy a tipple or two but don’t drink so much that you get dizzy and fall over.
- Don’t use A&E unless it is a true emergency.
- Cook your turkey through properly – there is enough infection round without getting food poisoning too!
- If called for your COVID-19 vaccination, please take it up.
- Plan for a low key New Year’s Eve – the Jools Holland Hootenanny is your friend!
- During your break, how about thinking of things you can do to improve yourself in the New Year. Stopping smoking perhaps? Drinking less?
Deepak Dwarakanath, medical director, said: “We all want to relax and have fun at Christmas but we need to remember that COVID-19 won’t be taking the day off.
“We have to accept a quieter Christmas at home, but to be honest, our wards are not quiet. We are caring for lots of seriously ill people, both COVID-19 patients and others, and we’re asking for everyone to help us.
“The best thing you can do to help the NHS is to do all you can to avoid contracting COVID-19 but also try to prevent coming to hospital for other reasons. Every year we treat people for easily preventable conditions like food poisoning or drink-related accidents. Please avoid putting your local hospital under undue pressures.
“We’re here to serve you. That will never change. Allow us to make sure our services are focussed on those who need us most.
“As we come to the end of an unprecedented year for the NHS, a year when you have clapped for us and showered us with gifts and goodwill, we must ask for more from you – please stay well, observe all the COVID-19 restrictions and don’t overdo the celebrations.
“On behalf of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust we’d like to thank the public for their extraordinary support this past year and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.”