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Community enjoy festive cheer at Christmas carol service with local hospital

The community celebrated the festive season with the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) team at the annual Christmas carol service on Tuesday (17 December).

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More than 120 people gathered at St Paul's Church, Harlow, for the service. It featured readings by healthcare staff and local people; carol singing led by the St Paul's Church organist and the PAHT choir (pictured); and singing by pupils from Henry Moore Primary School and The Downs Primary School in Harlow.

Guests then enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine together at the close of the service.

Reverend Christian Okeke, lead chaplain at The Princess Alexandra Hospital said: "It was wonderful to see so many people at the service, joining together to celebrate the festive season.

"Thank you to everyone who came along and gave their thanks on this very special occasion for our hospital and community."

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Notes to editors:

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995 and provides services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop's Stortford, and St Margaret's Hospital in Epping. We have an annual income of around £236,700 million. We have 414 general and acute beds at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and provide a full range of general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We also provide outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop's Stortford, and St Margaret's Hospital in Epping.

We employ around 3,500 staff and serve a local population of about 350,000 people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop's Stortford and Epping. Our extended catchment area incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.

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