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SOS call made to 4x4 owners over nurses


Drivers of 4x4s have been urged to come forward and provide a vital volunteer taxi service for stranded nurses.

West Midlands Ambulance Service made the call in a bid to “help patients receive vital treatment” amid treacherous snow and ice.

The freezing weather has blighted nurses as they attempt to go about their day-to-day work in the community.

NHS Warwickshire has lent its support to the appeal - which is seeking help from people in Coventry, Warwick, Nuneaton and Rugby.

So far, 86 volunteers have come forward but another 20 are needed urgently, said Martin Turner, NHS director of communications.

“In rural Warwickshire many of the roads are impassable,” said Mr Turner.

“This morning it got to the stage where you couldn’t get over a simple humped back bridge without slipping.”

He added that a large number of elderly housebound patients had become particularly vulnerable because of the community nurses’ inability to get out to them.

The patients require a range of treatments from renal dialysis to blood pressure tests.

Mr Turner said the ambulance service and hospitals were seeing a large increase in calls and volunteers would be able to prevent patients needing emergency care.

  • Volunteers wanting to help West Midlands Ambulance Service should call 01926 310 310.

Readers' comments (2)

  • 4x4 drivers have been used to get staff to work in my trust, great - however - it doesn't seem they want to take us home again, leaving some of us stranded to either stay with colleagues overnight or find other ways of getting home, Taxis if they are running are charging the earth.

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  • do these drivers have adequate to carry nurses to their place of work or to carry out professional duties or patients in these dangerous conditions?

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