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Santa’s Surprise Visit

(LONDON, Ontario) – Santa knows that children who are in the hospital are often sad that they will not be home for Christmas. In fact, some children worry that Santa will not be able to find them because they are in the hospital and not at home.

Santa would never want to disappoint a child and we have been told by sources close to Jolly Old Saint Nick, that he will be making a surprise visit to the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre on Christmas morning. Santa and his special “elves” – the Shriners, will be spreading Christmas cheer and personally delivering gifts to all the children.

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

Date:         Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Time:         9:30 a.m. sharp

Location: Children's Hospital
                    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 Faye’s Cafe and go to Level 7. Staff members will meet you at the Level 7 elevators.

For more information 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.
Visit the LHSC Media web site at www.lhsc.on.ca/media

About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs. Located in London, Ontario, LHSC encompasses three sites, South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital; two family medical centres; and the London Regional Cancer Program. LHSC is the home of the Children’s Hospital and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics). LHSC is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Physicians and staff at LHSC number more than 9,000 and together they provide care for more than 1 million patients last year.