February 4, 2009
As a result of the dedication and commitment of staff the Royal Surrey County Hospital was able to continue treating emergencies and caring for inpatients throughout Monday 2nd February.
A number of staff went above and beyond the call of duty to make their way into the hospital on their day off and some walked up to five miles in the snow to report for work.
Chief Executive Nick Moberly said:
"The response of our staff who were able to make it in to the hospital was exceptional and I want say a huge thank you to everyone who was able to do their bit in very difficult conditions. Staff moved to new departments who needed help and some spent the night in the hospital rather than go home.
"Our staff have really mucked in over the last few days and have worked together to make sure we were able to continue to provide our essential services. This effort also meant that we were able to get the hospital back to normal very quickly.
"I am very proud of our response to the adverse weather and we are all very lucky to have such a dedicated team at the Royal Surrey."
As a result of the staff shortage outpatient clinics were cancelled on Monday and elective surgery was cancelled on Tuesday. The Royal Surrey County Hospital is now fully back to normal service.
On Tuesday a fifty strong team of soldiers from the 25 Regiment at Deepcut spent the whole day helping to clear snow in the car parks at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, with the priority being to clear the visitor car parks to allow people in to see patients.
The volunteers were joined by a gritter and plough from Surrey County Council to enable access to the car parks as soon as possible. Many of the young volunteers were Commonwealth soldiers who had never seen snow before.
The Royal Surrey was also benefitted from local support the Red Cross who provided 4x4 transport to help get staff into work.
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