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Determined NHS staff vow ‘snow will not beat us’ despite being stranded in standstill traffic

PUBLISHED: 11:46 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 28 February 2018

Snow in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Staff working in Norfolk and Waveney’s NHS battled to get to work this morning despite traffic coming to a standstill and public transport being scrapped in treacherous conditions.

Some workers at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) stayed past the end of their normal shifts to make sure patients were kept safe until morning staff could make it to the hospital.

Nurse Sarah Bullen said: “Don’t ever let anyone say NHS staff are not dedicated. Many of us are stuck on the roads in the snow trying to get in to work. Night staff still on shift covering for us because we’re not there yet.”

And hospital workforce director Jeremy Over said: “Thank you to NNUH colleagues who are battling through the snow and for those that worked last night that have stayed late to provide safe care for our patients.”

Divisional operations director Amy Eagle, who was stuck on the A47 near Longwater, added: “[The] A47 carpark will not beat us, thank you NNUH staff for being so amazing. Proud to be part of the NHS family, pulling together at challenging times for the good of the patients needing our care.”

Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

At the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston, consultant cardiologist and academic epidemiologist Dr Justin Zaman decided walking was safer than driving and tackled two miles in the snow.

And the hospital tweeted to say a man had offered to drive midwives to their appointments in his 4x4.

While at Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCHC) director of strategy and transformation Paul Cracknell said: “Inspiring stories already coming in at NCHC. People going to nearest bases to help, corporate staff getting involved in clinical areas, staff shovelling snow.”

But many tweeted to say they were stuck on Norfolk’s roads or could not make it in.

Marc Moncrieff, a professor of plastic surgery and skin cancer specialist at NNUH, tweeted: “Apologies to my patients but I can’t get out of the Tas valley currently. My list is cancelled today.”

At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn, the weather had not hit so hard and staff were able to get to work.

Some GP surgeries were planning to close early to allow staff to get home safely.

Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. Pulls Ferry. 
28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Snow in Norwich. Pulls Ferry. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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