Virgin Care’s NHS services ready for the weather in East Staffs
People in East Staffordshire are being reassured that community health services provided by Virgin Care are ready and prepared for more difficult weather if it arrives, after nurses battled through the snow and ice to ensure that all housebound patients were supported during the recent snow.
As temperatures plummeted and snow carpeted the local area on the weekend of 9th December, all of the community nurses who were on duty turned out to work. Teams worked together with managers to implement contingency plans so that services could continue to operate.
With extra support from the Derby Mountain Rescue 4×4 Volunteers, nurses were able to ensure that patients were safe at home.
Community health services provide nursing care at home to patients who are housebound because they are frail, elderly or managing a long term health condition.
Cheryl Smith, Service Lead Nurse Community Nursing who was on call herself over the weekend, said: “All of our staff were truly remarkable. Despite the conditions, we came together as one team and got on with the job at hand. We are immensely proud of the way they worked and are extremely grateful for the support from the 4×4 volunteers – they were professional and courteous and we couldn’t have done it without them.”
Virgin Care has been delivering the Improving Lives programme since May 2016 and recently announced that its work to date had saved hundreds of East Staffordshire patients from attending hospital.
The programme focuses on helping people to be healthier for longer and helps those people with long-term health conditions to take more control over their own care. For more information about East Staffordshire Improving Lives, visit: www.eaststaffsimprovinglives.nhs.uk