Remember the Beast from the East? Who can forget the icy blast that brought snow and chaos to our lives earlier this year…
Staff throughout the Trust responded amazingly, with some sleeping over to ensure patients were cared for and services continued, colleagues piloting their own four-wheel-drive vehicles helping to pick staff up from their homes, and everyone going the extra mile to keep the Trust open for business.
But from far too many examples to mention, one team was singled out for its dedication to keeping our hospitals accessible and safe – our Estates’ Gardening team.
The team worked valiantly to ensure our roads and pathways remained clear of snow and ice for staff, patients, emergency service vehicles and visitors, and were named March 2018’s Team of the Month for their efforts.
Some days team members arrived at work as early as 4.30am, well ahead of their scheduled start time, to make a start on clearing and gritting, and it was common to see them working until late in the evening.
Phil Wright, from the Older People, Community and Intermediate Care Team, said he had been “amazed” by the job the Estates’ Gardening team had done in clearing snow from the site. “They deserve recognition and thanks for their mammoth effort to keep staff and patients safe,” he said.