Motoring safety experts are due to give nursing staff advice on driving in winter conditions, under a new scheme with a North East hospital trust.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with IN’n’OUT Autocentres to share key winter safety tips for staff and patients, as part of a winter safety campaign.
“If we can support patients and staff to consider their motoring safety whilst on the roads in our region, we are happy to do so”
The trust approached the motoring company to provide guidance for staff, patients and other community partners about staying safe when the worst of the winter weather arrives.
The trust will release a series of tips via a social media campaign, which will include key messages about motor vehicle maintenance and the essentials all travelers should have in their vehicles.
Alan Sheppard, director of workforce for the trust, said of the initiative: “Our primary concerns as a healthcare provider is for the safety of both our patients and staff.”
“Beyond what we deliver in terms of care – we are always looking to address any possibility of prevention,” said Mr Sheppard.
He said: “If we can support patients, staff, community partners and beyond to consider their motoring safety whilst on the roads in our region, we are happy to do so.
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Source: North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
“Working with an auto centre who can offer simple, but potentially lifesaving tips is just another way of our trust demonstrating our dedication to the people of North Tees and Hartlepool,” he added.
Ruth Dalton, head of communications and marketing for the trust, said: “At a time when our trust, as well as many others across the region are experiencing winter pressures – we want to offer as much guidance and protection for all of our stakeholders.
“A simple, yet hopefully effective communications campaign such as this could save lives. As a public voice in this region, we must provide the best advice to keep our communities safe,” she added.
IN’n’OUT Autocentres, who have 30 centres nationwide and have been in operation since 2008, said they agreed to take part in committing to “something they could definitely help with,” from top tips for winter driving to more general motoring and maintenance advice.
Visit the North Tees and Hartlepool Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the tips offered.