Patient care doesn’t stop for snow
Staff at Airedale Hospital and in the Trust’s community teams have been pulling out all the stops to see patients in the face of the Beast from the East.
Community teams work throughout Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, visiting patients in their own homes and running clinics in community venues. They have been out battling the elements and the snowdrifts to reach their patients – sometimes with a little help from their family and friends. Clinical lead for community nursing Liz Thwaite says: “It’s been challenging. Our staff have been making extraordinary efforts to get round patients either on foot or in 4X4s working cooperatively across teams, and some have been rescued/transported by friends and family members with tractors.”
Meanwhile many hospital staff struggled to work, but then faced treacherous journeys home. Colleagues with 4x4s came to the rescue, offering lifts to anyone who was stranded. Offers of help also came in from the public, including from Ripon Farm Services in Crosshills.
Chief operating officer Stacey Hunter has praised staff: “I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to our amazing community and hospital staff who have made such incredible efforts to get to work to care for our patients in these difficult conditions. I’d also like to thank our partners for their support, in particular local care homes who have been working closely with community teams, our ambulance services, and to members of the public for their kind offers of help. It’s been fantastic to see how people have rallied to help in this bitter weather.
“If you have a clinic appointment or operation please ring before setting off to check that it is still going ahead. We are only cancelling where absolutely necessary, but we don’t want you to have a wasted journey.
“Above all, people should make sure they keep warm and hydrated. Please also check on elderly neighbours and make sure they’re managing.”