BARB helps hospice and medical centres in snow
Emma may have wreaked havoc on travel, business and schools across
the region but vital care services at Weston Hospicecare
and local medical centres remained fully functional thanks to a
team of volunteer 4x4 drivers from Burnham-On-Sea.
and ice brought much of the South West to a standstill on Friday,
but Weston Hospicecare continues to provide free, expert care to
people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
of hospice staff have battled their way through the snow on foot
from across the area to ensure care services could be maintained.
hospices team of community nurses continue to reach as many
patients as possible, in most cases by travelling to appointments
across North Somerset on foot.
it is thanks to a team of 12 volunteers at Burnham-On-Sea's BARB
Search & Rescue that the hospices In-Patient Unit continues
to be fully-staffed.
4x4 drivers have been busy ferrying the units nurses into
and out of work from across Weston-super-Mare, Worle and Burnham,
and outlying villages too. In many cases, standing snow would otherwise
have made their journeys to work impossible.
a result of BARBs gesture, the seven patients currently onsite
at the hospices In-Patient Unit continue to receive their
usual round-the-clock care from a full complement of clinical staff.
Hospicecares Director of Patient Services, John Bailey, said:
"Snow storms over the past couple of days have caused chaos
for people all across the area, but even in tough conditions such
as these it of course remains essential for us to be able to ensure
our patients continue to receive the quality of care they need."
know Weston Hospicecares staff and volunteers are committed
and passionate about the work they do, and were grateful to
all of those who have gone above and beyond to make it into work
today, and to those who have taken on extra tasks to ensure services
we know too that some of our in-patient unit team simply would not
have been able to get here without help from the team at BARB, so
were enormously grateful to them for their efforts on our
behalf. BARBs work has made a real difference in helping us
to support our patients."
BARB volunteers have also helped transport staff for Burnham-On-Sea
Hospital, Highbridge Medical Centre and Bridgwater Hospital during
the snow using its 4x4s.
spokesman said: "BARB Search & Rescue is happy to be providing
emergency snow transport to Weston Hospicecare and other crucial
local medical services during the extreme wintry conditions to enable
their vital work to continue."
has a team of trained 4x4 drivers who are able to drive in a variety
of demanding conditions. As an organisation with the local community
firmly at our roots, we will always try to help in times of difficulty."
Top, BARB Search & Rescue volunteers David Flurry and Adrian
Hooke help staff get to work at Weston Hospicecare; above, Sam Mason
and Bob Smith at the Burnham Hospital