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Christmas is typical working day for many

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 24, 2012

  • ON DUTY: Rachel Martin, a medical laboratory assistant at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

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MOST people will be carving up the turkeys tomorrow, but for many others, it will be a typical working day.

Nurses at Cheltenham General Hospital will be working throughout the festive period to make sure patients receive the same level of care as every other day.

Ward sisters Charlotte Ayrton and Vicky Mills, will be based at Lilleybrook Ward at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Charlotte said: "Christmas Day can be as busy as any other time.

"We do our best to get people home for Christmas so it can be busier before the day. We try to make sure chemo is finished so patients can go home even for a short time."

Vicky added: "Our families are used to our shift working, it is not a 9-5pm job, but a few friends can't get their heads around it."

Rachel Martin, a medical laboratory assistant who works in the haematology department at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, will be doing her first Christmas shift this year.

The 23-year-old from Abbeydale said she did not mind as her colleagues had young children and should be able to spend Christmas day with them.

She added: "Initially, my parents were a bit disappointed. This is the first time I am not going to be at home for Christmas morning, but at least I get to go home in the afternoon."

Vicars will, of course, also be working.

The Reverend Malc Allen (pictured above) at St Michael's and All Angels Church in Bishop's Cleeve, has been a vicar since 1996. This year, St Michael's will be holding two nativity services on Christmas Eve at 2.30pm and 4pm, before leading the midnight communion at 11.30pm. He will then have to get up early to take the service at 8am on Christmas Day, before preaching at the 10.30am family service.

He said: "It can be quite tiring because of the schedule during Christmas. It is quite full on, but we just have to keep on going. It is great to see people enjoy themselves at Christmas time, so it's worth it."

Gabby Webb, an animal care assistant at Cheltenham Animal Shelter, will be making sure the animals she is taking care of during Christmas will have everything they need.

She has prepared special meals for the animals, which were donated in more than 100 shoeboxes of animals feed.

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  • bluebell2010  |  December 25 2012, 2:39PM

    I have 35 hours off over Christmas, finished last night back tomorrow morning, grateful to have today off, I am a midwife. I never mind too much as I am an essential worker BUT it makes me cross when non-essential staff have to work. Merry Christmas and enjoy the break, those that have time off :)

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  • TheNub  |  December 25 2012, 10:23AM

    dont forget the porters catering staff cleaners and the estates dept they will all have staff that are working not just the nurses .and frank i hope you have cxxp xmas you deserve to .

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  • Jewbacca  |  December 24 2012, 9:24PM

    Rachel - thanks for working Christmas. Being a geek I don't need to, but it's nice to know some people do without complaint. BTW you're a fox - might have to go to hospital more often :D

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  • RachyRoo89  |  December 24 2012, 9:03PM

    Wayhay!! I'd also like to say that my colleague Cliff Stephens will be working for much longer hours tomorrow, but he was ill last week so couldn't feature in this article :( well done Cliffy! :)

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