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Singing doctors spread festive cheer

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Singing doctors spread festive cheer

Doctors swapped the wards for the stage this week, spreading festive cheer at Hexham General Hospital.

Five junior doctors formed a choir and sang Christmas songs and numbers from the musicals at the hospital’s grand piano.

And they went down a treat with patients, visitors and staff.

It was part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation’s Trust’s programme of Christmas events organised by its Bright Charity.

The choir was the idea of Dr Chris Moss who spent four months working at the Hexham hospital as part of his doctor training. He recently moved to the Trust’s Wansbeck General Hospital.

Dr Moss said: “We knew that we all were musical so we thought it would be a good idea to get together and put on a show just for Christmas.

“It was good fun and great to do something totally different from our work caring for patients in the hospital.

“It was lovely to see the patients and visitors enjoying the music and we had a great time too.”

All of the doctors are completing their placements with the Trust. Three of them – Dr Fiona Bradbury, who provided the piano accompaniment, Dr Michael Nicholson and Dr Jemma Humphreys work at Hexham hospital. Dr Janaki Pearson, like Dr Moss, has just transferred from Hexham to Wansbeck hospital.

Other events for Christmas at Hexham hospital include performances by Prudhoe First School in outpatients from 1.30pm to 2.15pm on Friday, 14 December, Queen Elizabeth High School in the atrium from 10.30am to 11.30am on Thursday, 20 December and Sele First School in outpatients from 11am to 11.40am on Friday, 21 December.