Nurses pay thanks to team who delivered end of life care to Northampton patients in the snow

A team of Northampton nurses have been praised by their seniors "as a credit" to the profession after they delivered care to sick people, in the snow, even though some nurses had a day off.

Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 3:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th December 2017, 4:30 pm
Pictured: Helen Stobart (ANP), Jenny Ball (staff nurse), Charlotte Anderson (staff nurse), Becki Willis (staff nurse), Claire Bird (staff nurse), Claire Coussens (ANP), Karen Jones (staff nurse), Julia Quatrine (staff nurse) and Gemma Dearsley (staff nurse).

The bitter wintry weather has been causing extreme difficulties around Northampton, but nurses from St James Clinic have been out in full force working hard to treat over 200 poorly patients on Sunday and Monday.

One nurse managed to tackle snow and ice and walked from Hackleton to Hardingstone while another trudged through the snow from Ecton to Earls Barton to deliver care.

Jackie Perkins, service manager at St James Clinic said: "I don’t think there are any words that can describe how proud I am of all the staff they were amazing.

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"They supported each other, assisted patients and patients families even on their days off. This did not only happen in Northampton but across our district nursing teams in the county.

"On Monday they supported each other due to the school closures - they helped look after each other’s children to allow staff to get to work - the district nurses teams are the forgotten workforce that embed what we are about in the NHS. They keep patients in their own homes and care for them as the individuals, they work long hours and sometimes within difficult conditions, but always with the patients’ needs at the forefront of all they do. They are amazing and it is a great privilege to be part of it."

Some workers on Sunday were even driven around to patients homes by their partners as it was imperative that everyone got seen to. Some workers who were meant to finish their shift at six o'clock stayed for an extra hour-and-a-half to make sure all of their patients were deemed safe.

District nurse team leader, Anne Theakstone said she wants everyone to know about the unsung heroes.

She said: "Community nurses covering last weekend have walked to patients to deliver care, give necessary injections and end of life care. This also includes nurses who were not working but have walked to patients close to them."I am very proud of our nurses and profession, unfortunately do not get enough praise.

"Well done to all of you out there you are a credit to our profession."