Cisco Video Conferencing Helps Santa Visit Children in U.K. Hospitals

Last week, children in hospitals across the United Kingdom and Ireland got to speak with Santa Claus at the North Pole to share their Christmas wishes.

Using Cisco Systems Inc.'s video conferencing technology, kids at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children spoke directly with Santa through a video link installed in the hospital to tell him what they want for Christmas this year.

"Being in hospital over Christmas can mean that children miss out on some of the exciting Christmas traditions, particularly visiting Santa Claus," said Elaine Eastman, Bristol Children's Hospital play coordinator.

Cisco's four-year old Santa Connection also has been implemented in hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Germany over the past seven years.

"The Cisco Santa Connection brings Santa to the hospital, adding that all-important Christmas sparkle to the ward, putting a smile on all our faces, and helping to provide an enjoyable experience for the children and their family and friends," said Eastman.

"Of course, Santa is very busy over Christmas, but using video technology means that he can make sure young patients get a well-deserved visit from him," said Jordi Ferrer, Cisco director, U.K. Service Providers and Media.

"The bravery of the children we meet, and the passion of those who look after them, continue to be a source of inspiration for us," said Ferrer.

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