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Right Arrow Hospital chief’s big hand for staff in Big Freeze
12 January 2010 at 14:18
Staff at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals have been praised for their “enormous professionalism” during last week’s Big Freeze.

Sheilah Finnegan, chief operating officer at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I am hugely proud of the way in which staff rose to the challenge of getting to work in terrible weather.

“We had staff walking long distances to work, making special childcare arrangements when the schools closed and sleeping overnight on site to ensure they were there for patients the next day.

“I think these examples symbolise the enormous professionalism and commitment of all the people we employ.

“The fact we only had to cancel or restrict a relatively small number of appointments during the whole week is something, I am sure, our patients will have particularly appreciated.”

Mrs Finnegan added that despite a slow thaw, pressure on health services was expected to continue through the winter period.

She added: “We have plans in place to deal with this but, as usual, appeal to the public to use NHS services appropriately.

“Accident and emergency services are for seriously ill people and emergencies. A well stocked medicine cabinet can deal with most minor ailments and injuries. If you need further advice go to your local pharmacist, treatment centre or out of hours GP service.”

Notes to Editors
Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager,
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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