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Media Advisory

December 21, 2005

Santa Visits Children's Hospital

(LONDON, Ontario) - Christmas Day will be a little happier for children staying in the hospital this year when Santa comes for a surprise visit on Christmas morning.

Sources close to Jolly Old Saint Nick say he will have his sleigh filled with donated gifts and will be visiting the young patients who will be in the hospital on December 25. Santa has also recruited some new "elves"- the Shriners and hospital staff - to help him with this special visit.

The media is invited to attend Santa's tour of the paediatric unit on Level 7.

Date: Sunday, December 25, 2005
Time: 9:15 a.m. sharp

Children's Hospital of Western Ontario
London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital
800 Commissioners Road East
D Zone, Level 7

Enter the hospital through the glass ramp (D entrance) off the parking lot by the Helicopter pad; take the hallway on the right to the D Zone elevators by the cafeteria and go to Level 7. Staff
members will meet you at the Level 7 elevators.

For further information, please contact:

For any further information on Christmas Day please call the hospital switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask for the Communications Consultant on-call to be paged.

The LHSC Communications Consultant on-call hours for weekends and statutory holidays are between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and weekdays 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.