The patients and staff at the St Philip District Hospital extended a warm welcome to Governor General Dame Sandra Mason when she visited the institution today.
The Governor General who has been visiting a number of state-owned health care facilities and district hospitals over the past few weeks to spread Christmas cheer, greeted and engaged in brief conversations with some of the patients who were happy to see her.
Following her tour of the wards, including the children section, Dame Sandra was treated to a brief enjoyable ceremony, which included a poem and musical presentations from staff and patients.
Myrtle Nicholls who delivered a poem, which spoke about the realities about getting old, including the body aches and pains, grabbed Dame Sandra’s attention from start to finish.
“My pulse is weak and my blood is thin, but I’m awfully well for the shape I am in. Supports I have for my feet, or I wouldn’t be able to walk in the streets. Sleep is denying me night after night, but every morning I find that I am all right. My memory is failing, my head is in a sting, but I am awfully well for the shape that I am in. The moral of this, as the tale, I am told, is that for me and you who are growing old, it is better to say I am fine than to let folks know about the shape that I am in,” Myrtle recited.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness Debra Dowridge thanked the Governor General for her visit to the District Hospital. (AH)