A feast for the senses: Westmead Hospital celebrates Eid with special staff events

In a heartwarming display of Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) community spirit, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Inpatient Pharmacy team at Westmead Hospital recently held two Eid events, coming together to celebrate the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, and Eid Al-Fitr.

Dr Sadath Unnisa, Staff Specialist in the ICU, was the driving force behind the first event, expressing her joy in bringing the team together for this annual tradition.

“We’ve been doing this for the last three or four years. It’s a way of coming together and celebrating over a delicious array of cultural dishes,” she said.

I believe that food connects people.

“This is a way of just leaving our worries outside the room and just enjoying the moment.”

The ICU lunch was held just after Eid Al-Fitr to ensure all staff could attend and celebrate, with attendees invited to bring a cultural dish to share with their colleagues.

It was a feast for the senses, with cultural music and the aroma of food, staff members mingled and exchanged stories, contributing to an atmosphere of warmth and unity.

The room was wonderful dishes, mirroring the diversity and richness of the community that makes up western Sydney and Westmead Hospital’s staff.

By bringing staff together, this Eid celebration not only honoured a significant cultural occasion but also fostered bonds of friendship and cultural understanding among colleagues.

I wish for everyone to have the joy of Eid fill their hearts with warmth, love, and happiness as Eid is a time for compassion and unity.

Hatem Elkady, Director of Quality & Patient Safety, Westmead Hospita

The celebration of Eid at Westmead Hospital extended beyond the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with the large inpatient pharmacy team, comprising both Muslim and non-Muslim members, coming together to honour this significant cultural occasion.

Led by pharmacist Suhaila Hasan, the pharmacy team gathered to share in the joy of Eid, highlighting the hospital’s commitment to inclusivity and cultural diversity.

The pharmacy team make sure to celebrate all cultures, and also come together to celebrate Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali and other cultural holidays throughout the year.

This inclusive approach not only strengthens bonds among colleagues but also underscores the hospital’s dedication to promoting multiculturalism and diversity within its workforce.

Suhaila emphasised the importance of communal dining in fostering unity among team members.

When we sit down together and share each other’s cultural dishes, we connect. It gels us together and helps us when we go to work together.