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NHS Staff Praised For Going The Extra Mile During Snowy Conditions

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NHS Staff Praised For Going The Extra Mile During Snowy Conditions

As the UK continues to get battered by the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma - which are bringing snow and freezing temperatures - NHS staff have been going the extra mile to ensure patients stay safe.

Reports of NHS staff walking for miles to get to work, sleeping over at hospitals and working longer hours have been revealed in the wake of the bad weather.

According to the BBC, one surgeon walked for almost three hours to get into hospital so he could perform an operation on a patient with cancer.


Various trusts, as well as doctors and nurses from up and down the country have taken to social media to praise the dedicated and hard-working staff, using the hashtag #ThankYouNHS, which was created by NHSMillion.

One doctor tweeted: "Salute to the NICU staff Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 4 staying for the night after a 12 hr day shift to cover 4 those who couldn't make it to work due to the weather.I have no words to appreciate & thank u all hats off a BIG THANK U."




Meanwhile, members of the public have also been tweeting to thank staff for their efforts, with one posting: "So much respect for the NHS this evening. My neighbours, both doctors, are choosing to leave their kids at home with friends to sleep at the hospital & cover colleagues who are affected by snow.

"They aren't obliged, they just care, how lucky are we?!"

NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh said: "The panel wants to thank all NHS colleagues for their continued hard work and dedication in the face of a 'perfect storm' of appalling weather, flu and norovirus.


"With the severe conditions expected to continue we ask patients and their families to bear with us as we seek to minimise any disruption."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: uk news, NHS

Claire Reid
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