Sudden Snowfall Causes Major Disruption
A sudden snowfall caused major travel disruption for people in many parts of the UK on Boxing Day, with some unfortunate persons having to sleep overnight in their cars whilst others took refuge in nearby churches and homes.
South Yorkshire was no exception! The snow started to fall around 19:00 hours and by 20:00 many roads were gridlocked. This caused a significant and unexpected problem for our treasured National Health Service, and around 21:00, the PBCC volunteer teams in Sheffield and Chesterfield received a call from the Northern General Hospital.
A big operation was under way, trying to get doctors and nurses either from their homes into hospital, or to patient’s homes where they were unable to leave their houses. The PBCC quickly rallied members with suitable vehicles and headed straight to the Hospital.
On the way to the hospital, further instructions were received to head straight out to the home of a nurse who was needed at a Patients home. By now a steady stream of instructions were coming from the GP control room and another team was mobilised to cope with the demand and ensure the doctors and nurses to where they were most needed.
This continued into the early hours and by 04:00 on the 27th December, the last run of the night had been completed! The weary teams touched base with the GP control room and were told to get a few hours’ sleep as they would be needed again at 07:00!
Further trips to assist the hospital with transport of nurses were made throughout the following day and by Sunday, the main roads were becoming clear again.
Operations Manager Dan Osborne from the NHS GP Collaborative commented….
‘It is very much appreciated the selfless, support, care and community spirit the volunteers provided to the out of hour service’