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.