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Trust asks drivers to bring nurses to hospital


A trust has urged drivers of 4x4 vehicles to help transport nurses to hospital as the current bout of extreme winter weather continues to severely disrupt parts of Britain.

The North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus revealed it needs to get medical staff to hospitals in Grimsby and was making an “urgent appeal and would appreciate any help possible from residents”.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “We need to transport nurses, who are stuck in their homes, to work at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital and would like to appeal to members of the public and NHS staff who own 4x4 vehicles to come to the hospital reception where they will be co-ordinated to collect nurses and bring them into work.

“This method has been used once before in bad weather and some very kind-hearted local people turned out to help.”

The trust said most health and social care services, including GP practices in both North and North East Lincolnshire, have been operating with a lot less staff than usual and urged members of the public to only seek treatment if it is an emergency.

The poor weather has left a number of roads across the region difficult to drive on and, in some places, visibility is poor. Rural roads have been particularly affected, especially in the North Lincolnshire area.



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  • very good idea.....

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  • yes it is a good idea until someone crashes and then who's going to be blamed and claimed????

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  • i am fortunate to live within a 15 minute drive from work, but i am snowed in a the moment. the trust where i work is laying on 4x4 transport and i will be using them for my next shifts until i feel its safe enough for me to drive to work again. i will let you know how it goes.

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  • The drivers would have to check their insurance policies as they may be invalid in the circumstances given, particularly if they are offered a reward for doing so.

    If anything happened then the trust concerned could be vicariously liable under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), failing to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

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  • Many nurses across the country have been sleeping at the hospital after shifts.

    No mention of this in the Daily Mail!

    All they can de is bemoan the 'uncaring nurses'....yeah right!

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  • Hopefully the hospitals will reinburse people for their petrol/diesel if they are helping to get staff to hospital. Staff who live within an hours walk of the hospital should walk to work wherever possible; I do. Obviously if people are disabled they may not be able to do this.

    And I agree with Damien that the daily mail will not bother to mention that many nurses stay overnight in the hospital to ensure the wards are staffed the next day.

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  • Whilst I watch other Professionals leave to get home safely i had to finish my shift till 9pm and them travel the slow route home with fog for company arriving home about 10.45pm my concern was no one was concerned for the Nursing staff the forgotten people
    From The North Of Ireland Although i felt like The north Pole heading home

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  • I work as a District Nurse on an overnight service & I never cease to be amazed that staff working the late shift can be sent home early due to deteriorating weather conditions, yet there are night staff still en route to work & will continue to provide a visiting service throughout the night....

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