Hospital staff in Sheffield have been praised as ‘amazing’ after a record number of patients visited A&E after black ice struck.
Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our hospital and community based staff have been truly amazing today coping with not just those who people have had an accident due to the ice – fractures, dislocated joints and head injuries – but also making sure our normal services kept running with the minimum of disruption.
“On a normal Friday we would expect to see approximately 320 people in A&E. Today we are likely to have treated close to 500. Everyone is working tirelessly and it is a fabulous team effort which shows the NHS at its best.”
Professor Hilary Chapman, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, added: “Just some of the examples of how staff have pulled together include orthopaedic surgeons working in A&E at the Northern General and the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire to assess patients.
“Additional radiography and clerical staff came in to work to help ensure we could X-ray patients as quickly as possible and ward, clinic and therapy staff have all gone above and beyond their normal duties to help us cope with the additional patients and knock on effects through the hospitals and into the community.
“Community health staff also went out of their way to ensure essential visits to housebound patients in need of care were carried out despite themselves struggling with the icy roads and pavements.”
Additional fracture clinics will run today, tomorrow and Monday to review those patients who had their initial treatment yesterday.