STAFF at Borders General Hospital hosted a special Christmas supper for patients last week.

For the second year running, the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) brought some festive fun to the ward.

Around 20 guests, which included patients’ families, enjoyed a three-course meal. And the occasion was made extra special with crackers, a visit from Santa and live musical entertainment from volunteers.

Nicky Berry, director of nursing, midwifery and acute services, said: “These Christmas suppers mean a great deal to our patients and their families.

“People want to be home with their families, especially at this time of year, and it can be unsettling if patients need to be in hospital over the festive period.

“That’s why our catering staff, volunteer services manager, ward staff and volunteers have worked together to organise this event. Not only is the event a joy to host, but it’s really rewarding to see our patients getting the opportunity to enjoy a Christmas meal with their loved ones. For example, one of our guests did not think she would be able to have a Christmas meal with her husband this year due to his hospital stay.

“Both husband and wife were overwhelmed by the Christmas supper, saying that the food was fantastic and they felt like they were dining in a fine restaurant.

“We are so pleased to have provided them with the opportunity to create another special shared memory.”