Kolkata: SSKM Hospital authorities have made some special arrangements for patients on the occasion of New Year.The patients who have been undergoing treatment at the ITU department of the hospital for a long time, did not get any opportunity to step out of the hospital room and soak in the spirit of New Year celebration. As the patients inside the hospital cannot feel the ambience outside, the hospital authorities have made some special arrangements inside the ITU. The ITU has been decorated with balloons, flowers and various other items. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe patients admitted at the ITU had celebrated Christmas in a similar fashion as well. On Monday night, when the whole world celebrated the New Year, the patients at the hospital were no exceptions. A senior official of the ITU said that the patients undergoing treatment at the ITU often suffer from depression. So, arrangements have been made to let them celebrate Christmas and New Year. “Around 30-40 percent patients undergoing treatment at the ITU can see and understand what is happening around them. Staying away from family members, the patients often become homesick. The ITU has been beautifully decorated so that the patients can feel at home. A cake was also cut inside the ITU, welcoming the New Year. The initiative was taken to make the patients feel a change from the monotonous daily life inside the hospital rooms,” a senior official of the hospital said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe official also said that the doctors and nursing staff members often bring food from their houses and share them with the patients, so that they feel at home. This gives enough mental boost to the patients who have become like family members of the hospital staff. The hospital authorities also thanked the family members of the patients, whose constant help made their initiative a success. The move will also strengthen the bond between the patients and doctors and nurses. The family members of the patients also appreciated the gesture by the hospital authorities. It may be mentioned here that the hospital authorities make special arrangements during various occasions throughout the year. During Durga Puja, special food items were supplied to all the departments by the hospital canteens.