The spirit of Christmas has arrived at Dunstan Hospital.

The annual hospital staff Christmas tree competition is bringing joy to patients and members of the public.

Fourteen Christmas trees decorated by hospital departments have been on display in the hospital atrium since the start of the month.

The Covid traffic light system, I’ll be Gnome for Christmas, giving trees, origami and the “A-Team” were just some of the themes. Specimen cups, syringes and gloves were all transformed into Christmas decorations.

Competition organiser hospital finance officer Glenda Corson said the competition, which was in its second year, was inspired by similar displays she had seen in other areas.

Christmas spirit Dunstan Hospital finance officer and staff Christmas tree competition organiser Glenda Corson at the hospital. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

Departments in the hospital had used it as a team-building exercise and a bit of fun, she said.

“But what I love most about it is, we see patients on their daily walk and they make a real effort to come past the trees.”

Members of the public had been able to vote for their favourite tree online or at the hospital.

The winning tree was announced at a staff lunch yesterday.

Dunstan Hospital chief executive Kathy de Luc said the competition was a classic “win-win” for the hospital.

“I love the inventiveness of staff [at the trees],” she said.

“I like the public voting part of it because we are community owned.”

The trees will be on display at the hospital until early January.