It is business as usual at hospital

HOSPITAL staff made sure it was business as usual as they ensured patients could still receive their treatment during the recent wintry conditions.

Snow and ice failed to deter employees with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust who battled through the conditions to help patients in hospital and the community.

Staff went into work on their days off while others either stayed over in hospital or the colleagues or friends to ensure they could be at work the next day.

A trust spokesperson said one nurse in the medical admissions unit at Wansbeck General Hospital, in Ashington, worked the entire weekend, staying overnight at the hospital, leaving her three children.

In the community, district nursing and care teams battled tough conditions to make sure that all home visits to vulnerable took place with some walking parts of the journey in extreme cases.

Rosemary Stephenson, director of nursing at the trust, said: “There are umpteen examples of our staff going the extra mile to make sure our patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside continued to receive care over the weekend, whether that was in hospital or in the community.

“I’d like to thank them all for making monumental efforts to ensure they fulfilled their duties – it really shows the commitment and dedication they have to their work and caring for patients.”