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23 December 2010 at 12:47

It wasn’t quite trains, planes and automobiles but staff at Southport and Ormskirk hospital didn’t let the snow and ice get in the way of coming to work.

One member of staff at Ormskirk arrived by tractor while others abandoned their cars, pulled on boots and walked to work.

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said he was “hugely proud” of the efforts staff had made across every part of the Trust.

“We have had staff walking long distances to work, coming in on their day off and sleeping overnight on site to ensure they are here for patients the next day.

“I am hugely proud of their enormous professionalism and commitment to the health and well-being of the people of Southport and Ormskirk.”

The Trust has seen a sharp increase in the number of patients treated for broken bones because of the severe weather. Outpatient lists continue to operate for patients who can safely get to hospital.

Mr Parry added that the pressure on health services is expected to continue over the Christmas and New Year period.

“We have plans in place to deal with this but, as usual, I appeal to the people to use NHS services sensibly.

“Accident and emergency services are for people with life-threatening or serious conditions that need immediate attention.

“A well-stocked medicine cabinet can deal with most minor injuries and ailments. If you need further advice, go to your local pharmacist, treatment centre or out of hours GP service. Details of these can found on the Trust website under the ‘Choose Well’ link.”

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

Tel 01704 704494
tonyellis@nhs.net