Sir Patrick brings Christmas cheer to Bustamante Hospital
Their Excellencies Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen were met with a warm welcome by the children, medical, administrative and other staff of the Bustamante Hospital for Children last week Tuesday, when they commenced their signature annual hospital visits.
In an encouraging address to the welcoming senior members of the hospital team, the governor general expressed that he was impressed with the ambience of the hospitals and urged them to stay committed.
"We don't know all the challenges you encountered during this year, but we want to stand beside you and say we hope your troubles will be miles away ... and it was a troubling year in many respects."
Sir Patrick emphasised the importance of being hopeful and positive, citing the attitude of the children on the wards he toured with Lady Allen, bringing cheer to the youngsters through presents and words of comfort. He alluded to the smiling faces of the children, noting that they were devoid of pessimism despite the challenging nature of their condition.
Sir Patrick stated that the season was about being peaceful and calm in his well-received "heart-to-heart remarks".
In commending the hospital, Sir Patrick Allen also mentioned the diligence and commitment of the doctors and the nurses as they discharged their duties, noting these were some of the things which made a successful hospital.
"There's no doubt in my mind that we are proud of what is happening here at Bustamante. The credit all belongs to you and the tremendous work you do over time," the governor general said.
Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr Andrei Cooke, also addressed the gathering. Presentations were made to the hospital by Their Excellencies and a number of other organisations.