On Christmas Eve, the emergency services in Oslo came to Rikshospitalet to visit the children who spend Christmas in the hospital. It gives extra joy in everyday life, says the nurse.
Three police cars, four ambulances and three fire trucks lit up the winter evening with blue lights outside the children’s ward at Rikshospitalet on Thursday, to the delight of the children who have to stay in hospital through Christmas.
– They have a tough everyday life as usual, and it is important for us to be able to give them something to enjoy when they otherwise have a tough treatment, says initiator Halvor Grønli in the Oslo police district to NTB.
It is a relatively new tradition that has been going on for five years. Nurse at Rikshosptalet, Adiam Tesfai, has been at work during the visit several times.
– It breaks up everyday life a bit. Especially for those who are very aware of Christmas and the joy around it, it gives a little extra joy in everyday life, says Tesfai to NTB.
Visit from ladder car
The department houses children of all ages.
– We think it’s great for the kids. It is not always our time. Then it is very nice that others can step up and assist, says Tesfai.
In previous years, the crews have walked around the corridors of the hospital and spent time with the children, Grønli says.
– Due to the pandemic and the restrictions that mean we have to stay outside the hospital, we must then use the ladder car to the Oslo fire and rescue service and do it this way, he says.
Gifts through the windows
The presents were lifted in through the windows of the fire bear Bjørnis from a ladder car.
The ambulance and police crews do this in their spare time, while the fire crews are on standby. Grønli says that they get very good feedback from the hospital.
– They really appreciate that the emergency services take care of this.