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Nurses pass heavy goods vehicle licence

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Devon specialist eye nurses have passed their heavy goods vehicle licence.

Devon specialist eye nurses Jane Kingett and Jess Sanders have passed their heavy goods vehicle licence so they can drive a 12-tonne clinic lorry themselves to their patients.

The new mobile clinic began visiting towns this month. Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust has invested £300,000 in the initiative, which will increase the number of hospital eye unit patients being looked after each year from 3,500 to about 5,000.

Glaucoma nurse specialist Jane Kingett said: “I saw no reason why we couldn’t drive the truck ourselves.”

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  • Good for the nurses that they have been successful in completing this training but again is this not a case of nurses taking on another role and an added task for the job? Was the role of Specialist Eye Nurses not enough?

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  • I just cannot believe this- yet another 'role' for nurses- Trust 'can't' afford a driver?- get the nurses to do it! Would you see the medics driving a truck I think not

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  • Well done them; they are rightly proud of themselves.
    They now have a skill which they might be glad of when their dept decides to make redundancies!!

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