Wanted: 4×4 drivers to help nurses


An NHS trust has appealed for 4x4 drivers to help nurses get to work

An NHS trust has appealed for the drivers of 4×4 vehicles to get in touch and help transport nurses to hospital.

The North East Lincolnshire NHS Care Trust Plus said it needs to get the medical staff to hospital in Grimsby and is making an “urgent appeal and would appreciate any help possible from residents”.

A spokeswoman said: “We need to transport nurses, who are stuck in their homes, to work at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital and would like to appeal to members of the public and NHS staff who own 4×4 vehicles to come to the hospital reception where they will be co-ordinated to collect nurses and bring them into work.

“This method has been used once before in bad weather and some very kind-hearted local people turned out to help.”

The trust said most health and social care services, including GP practices in both North and North East Lincolnshire, are running a skeleton staff, and urged members of the public to attend only if it is an emergency.

The poor weather has left a number of roads across the region difficult to drive on and, in some places, poor visibility. Rural roads have been particularly affected, especially in the North Lincolnshire area. People are urged to travel only if it is essential.

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