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Staff go the extra mile for patients in bad weather

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Staff go the extra mile for patients in bad weather

Staff from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been pulling out all the stops to make sure that patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside have continued to receive high quality care during the bad weather.

With snow falling over the weekend and the last few days, many staff have gone the extra mile to ensure it is business as usual for patients in hospital and in the community this winter.

Staff have come into work on their days off, stayed over in hospital, or with colleagues or friends, all to make sure that they could report for duty the next day.  Many have battled difficult driving conditions or walked miles to attend work and those not able to make it in to their usual place of work have helped out at their nearest hospitals.

One nurse in particular, who works on the medical admissions unit at Wansbeck General Hospital in Northumberland, worked the entire weekend, staying overnight at the hospital until Tuesday and leaving behind her three children, to put her patients first.

In the community, district nursing and care teams battled tough conditions to make sure that all home visits to vulnerable, often elderly patients, took place with some walking parts of the journey in extreme cases to ensure care was delivered.

Rosemary Stephenson, director of nursing at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There are umpteen examples of our staff going the extra mile to make sure our patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside continued to receive care over the weekend, whether that was in hospital or in the community.

“I’d like to thank them all for making monumental efforts to ensure they fulfilled their duties – it really shows the commitment and dedication they have to their work and caring for patients.”